Achilles Tendon Tear

Achilles tendon tear or rupture is a serious injury. We obtained a $300,000 settlement for a client who fell on a stairway and tore his Achilles tendon requiring surgery.

The Achilles tendon is the strongest and thickest tendon in the body.  A tendon is tough fibrous connective tissue which attaches muscle to bone and acts to move the bone or structure.

The Achilles tendon is most commonly injured by sudden flexion of the ankle with resistance or by forced flexion of the ankle outside the ankle’s normal range of motion. Most Achilles tendon ruptures are caused by trauma such as in an accident.

An Achilles tendon tear or rupture usually is repaired either with open surgery or percutaneous surgery. An open surgery consists of an incision made in the back of the leg to stitch the Achilles tendon together.

With a serious tear or complete rupture, part of the tendon of the plantaris or another vestigial muscle is taken to wrap around the Achilles tendon to increase the strength of the repaired tendon.

In percutaneous surgery, several small incisions are made instead of a large incision which allows the surgeon to insert instruments to both view the injury and repair the injury.  The tendon repair is made by stitching the tear back together through the small incisions.

Diagnosis of an Achilles tendon tear or rupture is usually confirmed by MRI.

These photos show the view of the injury which the surgeon saw during the surgery to repair the Achilles tendon tear
achilles tendon tear seen during surgery

achilles tendon tear seen during surgery-another view