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Podiatrists are professionally trained to treat many conditions relating to foot and ankle pain. Some common disorders we treat include:

Achilles Tendon Rupture

The Achilles tendon can grow weak and thin with age and lack of use. Then it becomes prone to injury or rupture. Certain illnesses (such as fibromyalgia, arthritis and diabetes) and medications (such as corticosteroids and some antibiotics) can also increase the risk of a rupture.

Rupture most commonly occurs in the middle-aged male athlete. Injury often occurs during recreational sports that require bursts of jumping, pivoting, and running (basketball, tennis, baseball, racquetball). The male to female ratio varies between 7 to 1 and 4 to 1 depending on differing studies.

Diagnosis is typically made by clinical history; most patients say it feels like being kicked or shot behind the ankle. Upon examination a gap may be felt just above the heel and the Thompson test will be positive; squeezing the calf muscles of the affected side while the patient lies prone, face down, with his feet hanging loose results in no movement of the foot, while movement is expected with an intact Achilles tendon and should be observable upon manipulation of the uninvolved calf. Walking will usually be impaired, as the patient will be unable to step off the ground using the injured leg. The patient will also be unable to stand up on the toes of that leg, and pointing the foot downward will be impaired. Pain may be severe and swelling is common.

Sometimes ultrasound and/or MRI can also be used to confirm the diagnosis and evaluate the extent of the tear.

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