The Achilles tendon is a strong muscle that connects the muscles in your calf to your heel. The tendon helps us walk, run, and jump. Because of this, it can become injured or even tear.
In most cases, this happens if there is a strong but sudden force. Of course athletes are at risk for an achilles tendon tear, but it can also happen to non-athletes. Usually, you would notice pain and swelling near your heel with the injury. It can also be challenging to turn your foot in a downward position.
Sometimes surgery is necessary to repair a torn Achilles tendon. In some cases, the surgery can be a minimally invasive procedure, offering an easier recovery period for patients. Check out a video animation about achilles tendon rupture: how it can be injured, and how injuries are treated — both nonsurgically and surgically.
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