What Does a Ruptured Achilles Tendon Feel Like?


A ruptured Achilles tendon is a common sports  injury that is painful and debilitating. It typically requires medical attention, rest and rehabilitation.


  1. Function

  2. The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscles to the back of the heel. It is nearly constantly in use when standing, walking and running.


  3. The pain level of a ruptured Achilles tendon is relative to the severity of the injury. You will feel moderate to severe pain in the back of the heel and/or lower leg, and also might experience some localized swelling. There is often an audible snap at the moment of injury.


  4. You most likely will be unable to walk with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Standing on it also can be very painful to impossible.

    Time Frame

  5. Surgery is often recommended. Afterward, you can typically begin walking on the injured leg within two weeks and will undergoes long-term physical therapy. Full recovery can take up to a year and a half.


  6. Rupture of the Achilles tendon most often happens to unconditioned athletes or those jumping into a new sport or activity too quickly. The best way to prevent a ruptured Achilles tendon is to build up fitness slowly and to gently stretch and strengthen the legs before participating in a sport.


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