If you are a sports enthusiast and you have pain located in the back calf muscle and lower leg, you may be suffering from Achilles tendon rupture. The Achilles tendon is a strong, fibrous cord that connects the muscles in the back of your calf to your heel bone. If you overstretch this tendon, it can partially or completely tear or rupture.

This injury creates a partial or complete interruption of the tendon just above the heel, resulting in the inability to raise the foot. If you suspect you may have a rupture, contact the office of Dr. Steven Struhl for an evaluation into your calf pain.

Your Achilles tendon helps you point your foot downward, rise on your toes and push off your foot as you walk. You use it practically every time you walk or move your foot.

Common Causes

Achilles tendon rupture can have causes that aren’t due to underlying disease. Examples include major trauma or injury. Although it is possible to have no signs or symptoms with an Achilles tendon rupture, most people have the feeling of having been kicked in the calf. Also, most experience pain and swelling near the heel. This disorder creates an inability to bend the foot downward or “push off” the injured leg when walking. Injured legs experience pain in the heel and sometimes cannot bend downward while walking.

If your Achilles tendon ruptures, you might hear a pop, followed by an immediate sharp pain in the back of your ankle and lower leg that is likely to affect your ability to walk properly. Surgery is often performed to repair the rupture.

Seek medical advice immediately if you hear a pop in your heel, especially if you cannot walk properly afterward. If you have this pain, you do not have to suffer with it. Contact NYC’s acclaimed Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Steven Struhl, for an extensive consultation and treatment.