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What is tendon rupture?

The two most commonly injured tendons in the foot are the Achilles tendon and the Posterior Tibial tendon, which are both located along the back of the ankle. These tendons bear a great deal of stress during sports and many daily activities. Under extreme pressure, these tendons can tear, causing damage to foot and ankle joints. Prolonged, untreated tendonitis can also lead the rupture of a tendon.

Let RENOVA Help You Recover

Tendon ruptures can be extremely painful but with the right treatment, you can recover from your injury and regain use of the ruptured tendon. If you are recovering from a ruptured tendon, let us help you find prolonged relief from the pain. With our expertise in sports medicine and foot and ankle care, we can help you avoid injury if you have tendinitis and are at increased risk of tendon rupture.

FAQ: Tendon Rupture

Am I at risk a tendon rupture?

If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or have previously injured your Achilles tendon or Posterial tibial tendon, you are at a higher risk of tendon rupture. Additionally, older people are at greater risk of tendon rupture because of decreased blood supply and general weakening of the tendons. People who receive steroid injections or take quinoline antibiotics such as ciprofloxin and levofloxin are also at a higher risk. Athletes and people who frequently lift heavy objects have a higher chance of experiencing a tendon rupture.

What causes a tendon to rupture?

While tendonitis can increase a person’s risk of tendon rupture, anyone can experience tendon rupture if impact to the foot is severe. Tendon ruptures generally occur due to a direct blow to the tendon, an awkward fall, or sudden force or strain being placed on the foot.

How is a tendon rupture treated?

It is important to seek immediate medical care if you have ruptured a tendon. Waiting for treatment can severely compromise the tendon’s ability to fully heal due to the buildup of scar tissue and decreased blood flow. While a partial tendon tear may be treated with prolonged rest and physical therapy, a complete tendon rupture usually requires immediate surgery. Prolonged physical therapy is necessary for an effective recovery from tendon rupture.

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