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Achilles Tendon Rupture Test

Tuesday, 23 May 2023 00:00

There are many different types of Achilles tendon injuries. For example, a common type of Achilles tendon injury is known as an Achilles tendon rupture. This condition can occur when the tendon above the heel is disrupted partially or entirely. A medical professional can perform specific tests that can determine whether or not an individual has an Achilles tendon rupture. Namely, the Matles test advises that if a patient cannot easily stand on their tiptoes, it may indicate an Achilles tendon rupture. Additionally, the Simmonds–Thompson test can be performed when a medical professional squeezes the calf muscle. If there is no downward motion in the foot, this may also indicate an Achilles tendon rupture has occurred. If you are someone that thinks they may be living with an Achilles tendon injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Preferred Footcare, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Stamford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about The Causes, Types, and Treatments of Achilles Tendon Injuries
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