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Your Achilles tendon that is a strong fibrous cord, joins your calf muscle to your heel bone or calcaneus. You can tear your Achilles tendon if you land hard on your heel during sports, from a jump, when accelerating, or when stepping into a hole. It mainly occurs in people playing recreational sports, but it can happen to anyone. If your Achilles tendon ruptures, you might hear a pop, followed by an immediate sharp pain in the back of your ankle and lower leg that is likely to affect your ability to walk properly. Surgery is often performed to repair the rupture. For many people, however, there are available nonsurgical treatment that work very well.

Surgery to repair the Achilles tendon is done if your Achilles tendon has been torn into 2 complete pieces that are completely separated with some amount of gap between the ends. Proper diagnosis is needed using a MRI to provide crucial data if surgical or non-surgical approach is appropriate.

Surgical and non-surgical options involves extended amount of time of casting, immobilization, and/or bracing.

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