The Achilles tendon is by far the largest tendon in your body. You will recognize it as the very thick, cord-like tendon that connects the muscles in the back of your calf to your heel bone. Overstretching your Achilles tendon frequently occurs while one is participating in high-stress sports such as lacrosse, tennis, basketball, and soccer. Stretching the tendon past normal range can cause it to tear or even completely break, which is often accompanied with a cringe-inducing snap, and the maddening inability to walk normally. With the severe pain and swelling you are experiencing around your heel, it can be hard to concentrate on anything else.
A severe injury to your Achilles tendon will usually have the following symptoms:
● A loud popping sound of the tendon breaking or tearing that foretells the pain to follow
● Inability to walk normally or bend your foot properly
● Intense pain and swelling in your heel area
● Difficulty standing on your toes
Should you experience the onset of these sudden symptoms, it is important to seek the care of a foot care professional right away to avoid creating more damage and to get on the best path to healing your heel injury. Conservative measures involving the RICE method of rest, icing, compression, and elevation will provide relief for a minor injury to the tendon. For major injuries, or if the tendon is actually torn, it will be necessary to reattach it to the heel using a surgical procedure.
If you are concerned about an Achilles tendon injury, or other foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and individualized medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!