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Foot FAQ

Question:

When I was running last week, I had to jump over a pot hole and I heard a pop in my leg. I had a sharp pain and had to walk the rest of the way home. My leg is a bit sore now, but it's not too bad as long as I favor my foot. Could I have torn my Achilles tendon?

Answer:

While only a doctor can diagnose you by examining your leg and listening to your history, the symptoms you describe do suggest that a ruptured Achilles tendon is a possibility. The signs and symptoms of a ruptured Achilles tendon include: - Pain, possibly severe - Swelling near your heel - Inability to bend your foot downward - Inability to stand on your toes on the injured leg Nicola Maffulli, MD, MS, PhD, FRCS(orth) and Adam Ajis, MRCSEd. Management of Chronic Ruptures of the Achilles Tendon. In The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. June 2008. Vol. 90. No. 6. Pp. 1348-1360.

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