Injuries of the foot and ankle can be painful and limit a person’s ability to move around and walk. One common injury that affects the foot and the ankle is a tendon rupture. A tendon rupture can occur in different parts of the body such as the knee, arm, shoulder, wrist, hand, foot, and ankle. It is important to learn the best ways to determine if a rupture occurred so that you can take the proper precautions to recover from the injury. This article will discuss some of the signs and symptoms to look for if you suspect that you have a ruptured tendon.
A tendon is a type of fibrous connective tissue that is present throughout the body. The function of a tendon is to connect muscles to bones. A ruptured tendon occurs when there is a complete or partial tear in a tendon. The tears can happen anywhere on the tendon and will require different forms of rehabilitation to recover.
Tendon ruptures can have many causes but most often they are a result of direct trauma to the tendon. The trauma causes the tendon to tear when the force causes excess stress. These ruptures can occur during physical activity like playing a sport or engaging in physical contact to the tendon. Outside of direct trauma, a ruptured tendon can also be caused by steroid injections that are used to treat tendonitis, the use of certain medications like ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin, or from diseases like gout and hyperparathyroidism. Medications like ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin can cause tendon rupture because they interfere with the production and renewal of collagen, which is the fiber that makes up a tendon. Another cause of a torn tendon is old age and having blood type O.
Some signs and symptoms of a ruptured tendon may include:
Tendon ruptures have different recovery times based on the location and the severity of the rupture. Ruptured tendons will not heal on their own. They require surgery and up to 12 weeks to recover. After surgery, the patient will need time to rest followed by physical therapy to strengthen the recovering part of the body.
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