Unfortunately, recreational athletes tend to experience tendon ruptures more that the non-active Joe Bloggs.
Simply put: You are at risk if you find yourself running through pain in the heel cord. Your likelihood of rupture will go up if you find yourself saying “the pain is there daily but when I move it goes away?” or “I’ll just run through it”.
Although it is this attitude that makes individuals great athletes it is not a mentality see in professional athletes. The pros learn to listen to their body’s signals not ignore them.
The medical reason is that a sudden excessive force goes through the tendon that it couldn’t handle, so it snaps. This could be a fall from a great height or even a car accident.
However more commonly it is things like a light jog or “the same run I do every week” – this has happened not because the force was so strong but that the tendon was damaged and weakened over time until it just ripped in two.
Pain is the first sign of this damage taking place, but a rupture will be sudden and disabling. A complete Achilles break with often come with a loud bang and the calf muscle will retreat towards the knee and bunch up in a hard mass.
The last a final reason for Achilles rupture is unbelievably the NHS's first choice for stopping pain, a Injection of steroid.
If you suspect yourself of rupture, then you should Request, an emergency, call back from the London Foot Pain Clinic. CLICK HERE to do this