What You Need to Know about the Achilles Tendon

The Achilles tendon is a long fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the calf muscles. According to medical experts, the Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body; experts claim that the Achilles tendon can bear ten times a person’s body weight.

Although the Achilles tendon is regarded as the strongest tendon in the body, sports medicine experts also admit that the Achilles tendon is vulnerable to injuries. This is likely because the Achilles tendon is often stretched to full capacity.

When the Achilles tendon is overworked, Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon at the heel that causes heel pain, may develop. Sports medicine experts advise people who have been experiencing heel pain to rest and use a cold compress on the Achilles tendon to prevent further injury.

If a person decides to keep going despite symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, the Achilles tendon weakens further, increasing the chances of a rupture, which will result in an Achilles tendon completely severed from the heel. Many people claim to hear a “popping” sound and having difficulty walking after the tendon has been ruptured.

Should this happen, surgery will be highly recommended as is the only way to completely recover. If you suspect you have ruptured your Achilles tendon, see a sports medicine expert immediately for diagnosis and treatment.

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