Achilles Tendon Rupture
The Psychological Reason
Unfortunately, recreational athletes tend to experience tendon ruptures more that the non-active Joe Bloggs.
If you find yourself running through heel cord pain. 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” - your at risk of rupture!
Although it is this Run-Through-The-Pain attitude is what makes individuals great athletes; it is not a mentality seen in professional athletes.
The pros learn to listen to their body’s signals not ignore them. Interestingly, professional athletes rarely experience a rupture maybe this is because they seek an investigation sooner.
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”
In this case, a rupture happens not because the force was so strong but that the tendon was damaged and weakened over time until it just ripped in two.
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 the pain, a Injection of steroid.