The achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, is the largest tendon in the body. It is the muscle that lets you rise up on your toes and push off when you walk or run.
Injuries to this tendon are generally caused by overuse and tend to be common in athletes. Injuries include:
- inflammation of the tendon, generally from chronic overuse Achilles tendon rupture:
- a partial or complete tear of the tendon
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include:
- Pain in the back of the heel. Pain may be mild or severe, and swelling may occur
- Tenderness in the Achilles tendon area
- Stiffness that goes away as the tendon warms up with use
- Decreased strength and movement
- The tendon may become enlarged
Symptoms of Achilles tear or rupture include:
- A sudden, sharp pain that feels like a direct hit to the Achilles tendon. There may be a pop when the rupture occurs. This may be followed by swelling and bruising.
- Heel pain (may be severe)
- Not being able raise up on the toes with the hurt leg
What are the treatments for Achilles Tendon Disorder?
Treatments for more serious injuries such as Achilles tendon tears or ruptures can include long term immobilization or surgery. During immobilization, the injured tendon may reattach and heal. However, there is a greater risk of re-rupture than with surgery.
Surgery allows the orthopedic surgeon to repair the ruptured tendon. The surgeon makes a single incision in the back of the leg and reattaches the ends of the tendon.
There are different treatments depending on condition which Dr.Kevin yip will advise during the consultation, if there is a need for a treatment or surgery. For an appointment with Dr.Kevin yip please call +65 6471 2691(24hours).