Achilles Tendon Rupture

Achilles tendon is a large ropelike band of fibrous tissue in the back of the ankle that connects the powerful calf muscles to the heel bone (calcaneus). It is present between gastrocnemius and soleus muscle. During the contraction of the calf muscles, Achilles tendon helps in pulling up and tightening up the heel and helps in walking, running and jumping. When there is a complete tear in the tendon about 2 inches above the heel bone, it called an Achilles tendon rupture. It becomes prone to injury as we age because if its thinning.





The objective of the treatment is to restore normal length and tension to the tendon by:



Pain and swelling can be reduced by using analgesics and NSAIDs Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as ibuprofen can be taken under prescription.

Note: Certain antibiotics such as fluoroquinolones group –such as ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin increase the risk of Achilles tendon rupture.


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