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Achilles Tendon Rupture Overview

What is Achilles tendon rupture?
A person with an Achilles tendon rupture has torn the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone.

What are the symptoms of Achilles tendon rupture?
Achilles tendon rupture causes severe heel pain, tenderness to the tendon, and difficulty walking.

How does the doctor treat Achilles tendon rupture?
Achilles tendon rupture is usually treated with rest, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Many require ankle splinting or a leg cast. More severe Achilles tendon ruptures require surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 14, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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