I Think I’ve Torn My Achilles. What Now?

Male runner holding injured calf muscle and suffering with pain Your Achilles tendon is essential to keeping your body moving.

Tearing it is painful and robs you of your mobility. Your Achilles is the thickest tendon on the body and tearing it is serious. Knowing how to take care of your Achilles and early intervention are keys to your recovery.

Types of Achilles Injuries

Most Achilles injuries come from sports that require jumping, cutting, and running.

Common Achilles injuries include:

  • Tendonosis, a degenerative condition
  • Tendonitis, which is often a result of overuse
  • And an Achilles tear.

How Does a Torn Achilles Occur?

You rely on your Achilles tendon to keep you stable as you walk, and when it’s torn, the injury severely impacts your ability to move.

A Torn Achilles can happen to anyone. However, it most likely occurs to people playing sports.

Other situations where you can tear your Achilles can involve:

  • Stepping into a hole
  • Falling
  • Or twisting your ankle

How is a Torn Achilles Diagnosed?

Getting an accurate diagnosis of your Achilles plays a pivotal role in your recovery. At the onset of your injury, you may hear a popping sound accompanied by pain comparable to being kicked in your leg.

You will also have great difficulty trying to walk, and you will be unable to do so without assistance.

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