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You have ruptured or torn your Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon (also called the heel cord) connects the calf muscles on the back of the lower leg to the bone at the base of the heel.
Treatment for an Achilles tendon injury depends on whether the tendon has been partially torn or completely ruptured. A cast or splint can often treat a partial tear. If your tendon has ruptured, 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 call line 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 call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: June 26, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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