A torn Achilles tendon is a fairly common sports injury, impacting the primary ligament which controls the calf. As your sports medicine experts in the Seattle area, Bellevue Bone & Joint Physicians are all too familiar with how disturbing this injury can be to players of almost any sport. The injury typically occurs in sports where players are using the back of their feet to push off of in a quick manner, such as basketball, tennis, or football, and may be one of the most painful injuries that comes with an intense treatment time.
If you feel a snapping or popping sensation in the portion of your calf muscle that attaches to the back of your heal bone, along with any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing an Achilles tear and should seek the treatment of a doctor who practices sports medicine in Seattle:
- Extreme pain near the heel, with or without swelling
- Pain when walking
- Swelling between the calf and heal
- Inability to put weight on the affected leg, or stand on tip-toes
Anyone who suspects they have suffered from an Achilles tear should seek medical advice as soon as possible. A torn Achilles tendon can take quite a bit of time to heal, whether a partial tendon tear or complete rupture. In some cases, surgery is needed in order to repair the tendon.
At BBJP, we are committed to providing exceptional care in the areas of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine for the Seattle and Bellevue areas. For more information, we invite you to visit our website, or contact our office!