Patient Comments: Achilles Tendon Rupture - Symptoms and Signs

What symptoms and signs did you experience with your Achilles tendon rupture?

Comment from: For ever young, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 28

I'm 56 and was saying goodbye to guests. As they took off I turned and chased (ran) after them. About the 3rd step I heard this loud cracking sound and instantly there was pain in the ankle area and back calf muscle. I limped inside and after sitting for 10 minutes could no longer walk. I had no strength in my toes and no power in the ankles after the Achilles tendon rupture. There was swelling and bruising around the ankle and calf area the next day.

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Comment from: Male (Patient) Published: August 11

Here I am in recovering in hospital post Achilles repair surgery. I have no pain yet, but knowing what is ahead of me I am contemplating the next few months with despair. I was playing tennis and had already played several games so had warmed up well. Yep, heard the loud cracking/popping noise and felt like I had been hit hard with an iron bar and fell like a sack of potatoes. I had incredible pain for several hours and then less pain. A week later in hospital the surgeon said it looked like there had been some prior damage, a warning sign, as I had been hobbling a bit after my runs a few weeks early. Good luck to those reading this!

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Comment from: ivy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

When I was a playing volleyball it felt like someone kicked me at the back of foot, and when I turned around nobody was there. It was so painful, and then my calf begin swelling. When I step on my right foot I cannot walk, it hurts me a lot. I go to the doctor, then my x-ray result was fine. The doctor told me that my Achilles tendon is ruptured. Now I'm starting medication (tramadol) if needed, and I put ice in my foot to heal the swelling. I will go back to see my doctor for my fast recovery.

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Comment from: BeBop, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I have been suffering with chronic pain for years due to fibromyalgia and arthritis. Around 12 years ago I started noticing pain and stiffness in my left posterior ankle region. I went to an orthopedic doctor who did an exam, x-rays and then a MRI due to the hardness of this. The MRI showed fluid only and the doctor told me he was suspicious of a tumor or growth at first. He then prescribed a splint boot to wear during the night while I slept. I continued to have pain, tenderness and larger swellings especially when on my feet a lot during my nursing job. I went to a total of 7 foot doctors and a chiropractor over this 12 year period. I was mainly prescribed expensive custom made orthotics which did not seem to help. Whenever I wore flat shoes or went barefoot pain was getting unbearable. The swollen area has gradually over the years moved to the back of my left heel. The 6th foot doctor ordered an MRI finally, which showed a long tear in the Achilles tendon, 70 percent ruptured. He did not do surgery, so the 7th doctor for this saw me recently and I am wearing an orthopedic boot 23 hours a day. I go back in 2 more weeks and will get ultrasound done. Most likely he said I will need a cast. I am 59 and have not been able to walk like I would love to do due to tears in my knees.

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Comment from: Charles, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 07

I have been in physiotherapy to recover from back surgery that left me with neuropathy on my right foot. I was standing on a ladder driving a screw into the kitchen ceiling and probably was putting more weight on my left foot because of the neuropathy on the right. It felt like I was hit in the back of the ankle with a board and I found myself on the kitchen floor. I reached for the back of my ankle and it was mush. I knew right away what had happened. There was very little pain, but I went to the doctor immediately and had surgery in 2 days, for Achilles tendon rupture. I am 4 weeks later now and in a boot. I should be able to walk without crutches in another 2 weeks and go back to work. I can't work until then because I have to carry tools and a laptop into clinics to repair their machines.

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Comment from: gabbyannie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I was in the middle of crossing a busy road when I felt a sudden intense pain in my right calf. I managed across the road but couldn't get up the curb, so just stood there balancing on one leg till someone appeared who could help. I've been in a moon boot for 5 weeks now and am beginning to lose wedges. Bruising and swelling have gone, but ankle and heel ache like mad! I am hoping the Achilles tendon rupture is healing okay as I am self-employed and so not earning whilst off work. I would like an idea of when I might be back on my feet.

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