Achilles Tear/Rupture

What is it?

The Achilles tendon is the largest bone in your body and is responsible for connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone. A complete or partly torn Achilles tendon can vary from a mild-to-severe burning pain and stiffness.

Why do I have it?

Caused by repetitive or intense strain to the Achilles tendon, commonly seen when individuals speed-up, slow-down or pivot too quickly. Tight muscles, fallen arches and prolonged use of high heels may also stress the tendon enough for a complete or partial tear.

When does it hurt?

Pain typically begins as a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel after running or other activity. WHY DO I HAVE IT? Caused by repetitive or intense strain to the Achilles tendon, commonly seen when individuals speed-up, slow-down or pivot too quickly. Tight muscles, fallen arches and prolonged use of high heels may also stress the tendon enough for a complete or partial tear.

The Bracing Experts Advice:

Braces involving a combination of heel-lifts and compression are used to reduce stress placed on the Achilles tendon.

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