- The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscles to the back of the heel. It is nearly constantly in use when standing, walking and running.
- 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.
- You most likely will be unable to walk with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Standing on it also can be very painful to impossible.
- 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.
- 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.
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.