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Can You Walk with a Partially Torn Achilles Tendon? Overview and Implications

Topic Overview

Achilles tendon injury is a common condition and can happen to anyone whether it is an athlete, dancer, or even non-athletes. An individual going about everyday business can also injure the Achilles tendon. Anatomically speaking, the Achilles tendon is the longest tendon of the body. It traverses behind the leg and connects the calf muscles to the heel bone.

The Achilles tendon functions by allowing flexion of the foot towards the shin. It also helps an individual raise up on tiptoes. Due to the location of the tendon and the amount of stress that it undergoes it makes it vulnerable to injuries.

One of the most common injuries to the Achilles tendon is a tendon tear. The tear can be partial or complete. It tends to cause burning pain and stiffness along the heel and calf region. It also restricts motion of the heel and ankle. This article gives a brief overview of whether an individual can walk with a partially torn Achilles tendon.

Can You Walk With A Partially Torn Achilles Tendon?

Is It Possible To Walk With A Partially Torn Achilles Tendon?

A ruptured Achilles tendon causes severe pain in the heel and calf region. The torn Achilles tendon also makes rotation of the ankle and heel difficult. The pain gets worse with any attempts at stretching the ankle or putting any pressure on the heel or the calf like when standing up from a sitting position.

There will also be tenderness, swelling, and stiffness which makes it more difficult to put weight on the affected foot. Thus, it becomes extremely difficult for an individual with a partially torn Achilles tendon to walk.

In conclusion, it is extremely difficult for an individual to walk with a partially torn Achilles tendon as a result of severe pain that ensues due to putting pressure on the heel and calf while attempting to ambulate. It also becomes difficult to point the toes forward when attempting to walk due to the partially Torn Achilles tendon.

References:

  1. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. (2021). Achilles Tendon Injuries. Retrieved from https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/achilles-tendon-injuries
  2. Mayo Clinic. (2022). Achilles tendon rupture. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/achilles-tendon-rupture/symptoms-causes/syc-20353234
  3. National Health Service (NHS). (2021). Achilles tendonitis. Retrieved from https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/achilles-tendinopathy/
  4. WebMD. (2021). Achilles Tendon Problems. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/achilles-tendon-problems
  5. American Podiatric Medical Association. (2022). Achilles Tendon Injuries. Retrieved from https://www.apma.org/Patients/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=10018

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:July 17, 2023

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