Patient Comments: Achilles Tendon Rupture - Symptoms and Signs

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

Comment from: Brian, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 30

I was at a 50th birthday party dancing when I turned to plant my foot and kind of jumped. In the middle of the jump it felt like somebody kicked me in the back of the leg. I turned around and saw nobody there. I was in extreme pain and limped off of the dance floor. I told my wife that I thought that I had blown my Achilles tendon. We went to the emergency room and sure enough, the doctor said it was a full rupture. I was scheduled for surgery a couple of days later. It was about 4 months before I was boot and crutch free. I am just a few weeks short of a year from the injury now. My ankle is still stiff when I wake up in the morning. However, I participate in most activities normally. I am very cautious about jumping or planting suddenly on my left foot (injury side). I suspect that I may feel this way for a while. It was a long haul and you have to be very patient. Good Luck.

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Comment from: JOHN, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 29

I am 71 and was playing walking football. Gently swinging my left leg to pass the ball there was a loud crack and an excruciating pain in the leg. I had an ultrasound and diagnosed with a torn Achilles tendon. I have to wear a surgical boot for 6 weeks before returning to the hospital. Now it is four weeks in and still a bit swollen. Best of luck with your recovery.

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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: salvador, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 21

I'm 12 weeks post-surgery for my ruptured Achilles tendon. The first 6 weeks is very tough! Hang in there because it does get better. Be patient and don't take any further risks since re-rupture is possible. I'm able to walk with two shoes and no wedges for a couple weeks now albeit with a little pain in the Achilles area still. I am almost limp free. Good luck with everyone's recovery.

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Comment from: Ripley56, Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I am now in my 9th week of being in a cast. I had a full Achilles tendon rupture. Despite asking for surgery my consultant said I had to use the conservative method but he would get a 2nd opinion. Well, he did not and it looks like my injury has not healed despite doing everything I was told to do. I have a very active life and am concerned about re-rupture. Not happy at all.

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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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