What does an Achilles heel injury feel like?
Although it’s possible to have no signs or symptoms with an Achilles tendon rupture, most people have: The feeling of having been kicked in the calf. Pain, possibly severe, and swelling near the heel. An inability to bend the foot downward or “push off” the injured leg when walking.
How serious is an Achilles heel injury?
Achilles tendinitis can weaken the tendon, making it more vulnerable to a tear (rupture) — a painful injury that usually requires surgical repair.
How long does it take for a strained Achilles tendon to heal?
Depending on the type of work, some people need several weeks off work after an Achilles tendon tear (rupture); the time taken to return to sport is between 4 and 12 months. Generally, the outlook is good. However, the tendon does take time to heal, usually about six to eight weeks.
Can you walk on a torn Achilles tendon?
Patients with rupture of the Achilles tendon can still walk. Patients with rupture of the Achilles tendon can still actively move the ankle up and down. Patients with an Achilles tendon rupture may even manage to stand on tiptoes (on both feet together — though not on the injured limb alone).
How do you know if Achilles is torn?
An Achilles tendon tear is usually obvious to the injured. Sharp pain is typically experienced directly above the heel. The rupture is usually accompanied by a popping or snapping noise. The area around your ankle may feel swollen or stiff and could be sensitive to touch.
How do you heal an Achilles heel?
Achilles Tendon Injury Treatment
- Rest your leg.
- Ice it.
- Compress your leg.
- Raise (elevate) your leg.
- Take anti-inflammatory painkillers.
- Use a heel lift.
- Practice stretching and strengthening exercises as recommended by your doctor, physical therapist, or other health care provider.
Can an Achilles tendon heal on its own?
A partially torn Achilles tendon can often heal on its own. The following steps can help speed up the healing process: Avoid putting weight on your leg. Ice your tendon.