An Achilles Tendon Rupture is hard to determine at the time of injury and most often affects moderately active men over the age of 40. It frequently occurs during sudden dorsiflexion or a sudden explosive movement.
What is it?
An Achilles Tendon Rupture is a complete tear of the Achilles tendon.
Common Signs & Symptoms:
Common symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Rupture include a possible snapping at the time of injury, an immediate sharp pain, a possible gap of 4-5 cm on the back of the ankle, and difficulty walking. However, sometimes following injury walking can be accomplished via the use of other muscles.
Assessment methods to conclude that an Achilles Tendon Rupture has occurred include a positive Thompson test, a gap in the Achilles of about 3 cm, evaluation of pain levels and location, and testing of strength and range of motion limitations.
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