Achilles Tendon Rupture Surgery
The Achilles tendon is the strongest and thickest tendon in the body. A tendon is a strong, rope-like structure that connects muscle to bone. When the muscle contracts, it pulls on the tendon, which in turn moves the bone. Regaining Achilles tendon function after an injury is critical for walking. The goal of Achilles tendon repair is to reconnect the Bruising caused by an Achilles tendon rupture calf muscles with the heel bone to restore push-off strength.
Although the Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body, it is also the tendon most commonly torn or
ruptured. The most common causes of rupture are:
• Sudden plantar flexion (foot moving downward) such as taking off to jump.
• Unplanned or forced dorsiflexion (foot moving upward) such as landing a jump or stepping into a hole.
• Direct trauma to the tendon
Most Achilles tendon ruptures occur in sports that require running, jumping,and change of direction. The typical
age for rupture occurs between 30–40 years of age and is significantly more common in males than females.
Treatment options for an Achilles tendon rupture include surgical repair and conservative non surgical
rehabilitation. Decision making is based on age, past medical history,and desired level of functional return.