The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, and its cord-like structure connects the lower leg muscles to the heel bone. This tendon is vital for walking and moving the foot. When the tendon experiences repeated or excessive force, the result can be a tear, or rupture, in the Achilles tendon.
- Noise such as a “pop” or “snap” heard when it was injured
- Pain and swelling near heel
- Trouble walking normally
A cast or walking boot can support the ankle and limit movement so the tendons can begin the healing process.
Certified Physical Therapists work closely with doctors to create an individualized program to maximize healing and restore function, strength and mobility.