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Achilles Heel Rupture

In Greek Mythology, Achilles was the great hero of the Trojan War. When he was born, his mother, in an attempt to make him immortal, held him by one heel and dipped him head first into the River Styx. The one point on Achilles body that he remained vulnerable was on the heel, where his mother grasped him. This is why you come to associate the term “Achilles Heel,” as a weakness.

Vitally important…

The Achilles tendon is such a vital part of your structure, that without it you could not walk. This tendon connects calf muscles to the back of the heel. If your Achilles tendon ruptures, your foot becomes weak. You wobble and cannot support yourself.

Whole or in part…

Your Achilles tendon may rupture in part or completely. Sometimes treatment for a partial rupture stops short of surgery. But for a complete tear you would require surgical repair. When the injury initially occurs, you may hear a pop or snap sound. Do not confuse this with your Rice Krispies. Most people then experience severe pain, swelling in the heel area and an inability to push off of the affected leg in order to walk.

Let the healing begin…

The most frequent cause of Achilles tendon rupture is sports activity. These are considered serious injuries and you need to be treated by a podiatrist as soon as possible. Drs. Brook and Northcutt at Dallas Podiatry Works can diagnose a rupture by physical examination, but will probably get imaging tests in order to substantiate the diagnosis and view the severity of your injury. You will probably be fit with a boot or cast that will stabilize the injury unless your tendon is completely torn. If torn, it will require surgery to repair, then several weeks immobilized followed by physical therapy to strengthen to pre-injury status.

The success of your rehabilitation is dependent on immediate medical attention. Call our Dallas office at (972) 566-7474 or Plano at (972) 943-3323 if you think you have an Achilles tendon rupture, or for any of your foot or ankle concerns.

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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