Achilles tendon rupture

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[edit] Discussion of Achilles tendon rupture

  • Ruptures of the Achilles tendon most commonly occur spontaneously in healthy, young, active individuals who are aged 30-50 years and have no antecedent history of calf or heel pain.
  • Unlike tears or ruptures at the musculotendinous junction of the Achilles tendon, Achilles tendon ruptures are located within the tendon substance itself, approximately 1-2 inches proximal to its insertion into the calcaneus.
  • Poor conditioning, advanced age, and overexertion are risk factors for this injury. However, the common precipitating event is a sudden eccentric force applied to a dorsiflexed foot.
  • Ruptures of the Achilles tendon also may occur as the result of direct trauma or as the end result following Achilles peritenonitis with or without tendinosis.

[edit] Imaging Findings for Achilles tendon rupture

  • Ultrasound and MRI are not routinely ordered for tendon ruptures.
  • Ultrasound and MRI help the physician confirm the diagnosis, but these studies are more helpful when partial tendon ruptures are suspected.

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Patient #1: MRI images demonstrate Achilles tendon rupture

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