Achilles Tendon Injuries

Applies to: Foot/Ankle

Achilles Tendon Injuries

The Achilles tendon is the fibrous tissue band that connects your calf and heel muscles. This is the largest tendon in the body, and it’s essential for movement like walking, running, and jumping.

There are two main kinds of Achilles tendon injuries. First, chronic Achilles tendinitis, also known as Achilles tendinopathy, is identified by the weakening of the tendon in the back of the ankle, often due to overuse, creating small tears in the tendon.

The second type of injury is an acute Achilles tendon rupture, which presents a more sudden and severe situation in which the tendon breaks or tears abruptly, causing intense pain in the back of the heel and leg. You might feel or hear a popping sound when this type of rupture occurs and may be unable to walk using the affected leg.

Both conditions share common symptoms, such as weakened tendons, persistent pain, swelling at the back of the leg near the heel area, and a noticeable decrease in movement in the affected foot and leg.