Rupture of the Achilles tendon, or large tendon in the back of the lower leg, can be a potentially debilitating injury. This tendon attaches the muscles in the back of the leg to the back of the heel bone, allowing us to push our weight off of the balls of the toes. As we age, the elasticity of our tissues, including the Achilles tendon, declines with age. One particular tissue, Elastin, tends to try out with age, making us more prone to rupturing the Achilles tendon with each passing year. Achilles tendon injuries often occur in people over the age of 30 years old. Surgical repair of the damaged tendon is usually recommended, to maintain function of the tendon. Neglecting an Achilles tendon injury can significantly reduce the success rate of surgical repair, and may potentially lead to debilitating problems, pain, and difficulty walking. If you sustain an acute injury to your Achilles tendon, believe you may have injured your Achilles tendon, or simply have pain in your Achilles tendon, give us a call. Early detection and treatment is the primary way to avoid further injury and problem. If left untreated, a simple tendinitis of the tendon can progress to a full rupture, requiring a significant period of time for adequate healing.

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