Achilles Tendon Rupture
A condition that occurs when the Achilles tendon ruptures or tears. This tendon is a tough sinew that connects the calf muscle to the back of the heel bone. It is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body.
Condition may occur when rapid stress is placed on the tendon, such as engaging in heavy amounts of physical exertion or overworking an already weakened tendon. When the Achilles tendon is overworked it becomes swollen and weak, making it subject to easy sprains and ruptures.
If an Achilles tendon is only stretched out and inflamed, symptoms can include swelling near the heel and pain associated with movement of the toes and tendon itself. If the tendon has been ruptured pain symptoms become more severe, often resulting in the inability to walk on the affected leg.