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You have torn your Achilles tendon. (The Achilles tendon is also called the heel cord.) It connects the calf muscles on the back of the lower leg to the bone at the base of the heel. Sometimes a tendon tear is called a rupture.
Treatment for an Achilles tendon injury depends on how badly the tendon has been torn. A cast or splint can often treat a partial tear. If your tendon has completely torn, you may need surgery. You and your orthopedic doctor will choose a treatment plan, so it is important to go to any follow-up appointments.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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