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The Dreaded Pop of an Achilles Rupture

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There are lots of pops in the world. You can pop a balloon, pop somebody in the nose, listen to the New Haven Symphony Pops, enjoy a refreshing soda pop, and even call your old man “pops.” There’s one type of pop that’s an instant showstopper, though: the pop you fight hear or feel with an Achilles rupture.

Achilles Tendon Rupture painAn Achilles tendon rupture can happen out of the blue, but it tends to be the scourge of weekend pickup games or athletes who have pushed themselves too intensely over what their bodies are currently conditioned to handle. The tendon becomes overstretched, which sometimes just leads to inflammation. In other cases, the fibers can fray and suddenly there’s a tear.

An Achilles tendon can tear partially or fully. That “pop” may not always be heard or felt, especially in the heat of the moment, but the pain that immediately follows can be intense. There may be bruising in the area of the calf, and someone with a fully ruptured tendon will not be able to climb stairs, run, or rise up on his or her toes. Odds are they won’t be in a mood to want to do any of these things at the moment, anyway.

If you suspect an Achilles rupture, get off the injured heel as soon as possible. Elevate and ice the area to help reduce swelling, and call us at Family Foot Care & Surgery as soon as possible. We can guide you with further advice until we have a chance to examine the injury and recommend effective treatment.

You can reach Family Foot Care & Surgery through our website or by phone: (203) 876-7736 for Milford or (203) 288-4055 for Hamden.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
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Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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