Every year, millions of Americans experience an Achilles tendon rupture. Without proper treatment, an Achilles tendon rupture can increase your risk of more serious health problems and negatively affect your mobility and quality of life. Board-certified podiatrists Shweta Raina, DPM, and Rolando Melendez, DPM, at New York City Ankle & Foot in Jackson Heights and Woodside, Queens, proudly offer diagnosis and treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures. If you or a loved one is suffering, request an appointment today by calling the office nearest you or using the online booking tool.
An Achilles tendon rupture is a common sports-related injury characterized by a complete or partial tear of your Achilles tendon. Achilles tendon ruptures occur for a variety of reasons, but common culprits include running, jumping, pivoting, falling, or tripping.
If you’re a weekend warrior and you’re experiencing ankle or heel pain following an action-packed weekend, an Achilles tendon rupture may be to blame. If your pain persists, don’t wait to make an appointment at New York City Ankle & Foot.
The symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture vary from person-to-person. Common telltale signs of an Achilles tendon rupture include:
If you suffer an Achilles tendon rupture, you might also experience difficulty walking or standing on your tiptoes.
To diagnose an Achilles tendon rupture, your New York City Ankle & Foot provider physically examines your foot and ankle and asks you questions about when the injury occurred and what caused it. Your provider also tests your affected ankle’s range of motion and muscle strength. If these measures don’t provide enough information, your provider might also recommend taking a series of digital X-rays or an MRI to get a closer look at the bones, joints, and support structures in your feet.
Treatment for an Achilles tendon rupture depends on the source and severity of your symptoms. If you have a mild or moderate tendon injury, your podiatrist might recommend physical therapy, rest, or wearing a walking cast. These measures can ease swelling, encourage circulation, and promote mobility.
For more serious Achilles tendon injuries, surgical intervention may be necessary. There are several types of surgery designed to repair torn or ruptured Achilles tendons. Your foot and ankle surgeon can make recommendations based on your individual needs.
If you injure one or both of your Achilles tendons while hiking or playing sports, don’t wait to seek professional medical help. Request an Achilles tendon rupture consultation at New York City Ankle & Foot today by calling the office nearest you or using the online booking tool.