Achilles tendon rupture or tear is a serious injury usually caused by an accident. We obtained a $300,000 settlement (the entire insurance policy) for a client who fell on a stairway and tore his Achilles tendon requiring arthroscopic surgery.
The Achilles tendon is the strongest and thickest tendon in the body. A tendon is a tough fibrous connective tissue that 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 muscle 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 view and repair the injury. The tendon repair is made by stitching the tear back together through the small incisions.
How Achilles Tendon Rupture or Tear is Diagnosed
Diagnosis of an Achilles tendon tear or rupture is usually clinically diagnosed in a doctor’s office and confirmed by MRI.
An Achilles tendon tear will also be confirmed visually and photographed intraoperatively during arthroscopic surgery.
These photos show the view of our client’s injury which the surgeon saw during the surgery to repair the Achilles tendon tear. Our client had a good recovery.
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