Achilles Tendon Injury

The Achilles tendon is located behind the ankle and connects the heel of the foot to the calf muscles. An Achilles tendon rupture is when this tendon tears.achillies-tendon2 copy

Achilles Tendon Rupture

The Achilles tendon is responsible for push off of the ankle. It connects the calf muscle to the heel bone of the foot.

Injury to the Achilles tendon can occur from a sudden jump or planting of the foot or can occur from chronic repetitive damage or tendonitis. Patients often complain of heel pain and a sensation that someone struck the back of their leg or they were “shot” in the heel when a tear occurs.  A “pop” or “explosion” is frequently felt when the tendon ruptures.  There is usually swelling and a defect of the tendon as well as weakness of the foot with a tear.  Physical examination by Dr. Joseph Hecht, who is an Orthoapedic Specialist, typically confirms the diagnosis, however in some rare cases an MRI scan may be needed to show the exact location of the tear and the distance between the two tendon edges.

Achilles Tendonitis

This condition is marked by inflammation and irritation of the Achilles tendon which is located in the back of the ankle. Achilles tendonitis is a fairly common overuse injury that often occurs in middle-aged, recreational athletes. Overuse of the tendon results in noticeable inflammation that may eventually lead to pain and swelling. In addition, Achilles tendonitis can also lead to a series of tears within the tendon, rendering it susceptible to rupture.

Why Dr. Joseph Hecht?

Dr. Hecht is board certified in orthopedic surgery, providing expert knowledge and expertise in the area of foot and ankle conditions, preservation and treatment options.  As one of the top Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Hecht brings years of valuable experience to every assessment.