Achilles Tendon Rupture
An injury that isn’t common, but any social sport enthusiast should be aware of is an Achilles Tendon rupture. The Achilles tendon is a segment of connective tissue that helps join your calf muscle to the back of your heel bone. A rupture of this tendon typically happens in sport when taking off to sprint or jump forward, or can occur there is a direct hit to the tendon.
Here are some signs and symptoms of things you should look out for if you think you have ruptured your Achilles tendon:
- A loud “popping” sound at the time of the injury.
- The feeling like someone has kicked you in the back of the leg.
Should this happen to you, your first point of call is to not put any weight through the affected foot and ankle, which means using crutches to help you walk. If you have access to one, immediately wear a CAM boot day and night with a heel wedge that helps elevate your heel. You should call to make an appointment with your Physiotherapist, aiming to be seen within the first 48 hours after the injury. If you don’t have access to a CAM boot, using crutches to take all weight off the foot is essential.
Studies have shown that Achilles’ tendon ruptures; that are well managed using the advice provided in the first 48 hours have significantly better outcomes than those that are not. If you would like any further information, or believe you need help with Achilles’ pain then call the clinic on (03) 9749 5110 to book an appointment with one of our friendly and experienced Physiotherapists.