An Achilles rupture is most often caused by a sudden, forceful motion that stresses the calf muscle. This can happen during an intense athletic activity or even during simple running or jumping. Middle-aged adults are especially likely to get this kind of injury.
A rupture is usually treated with surgery. Sometimes it may be treated with a cast, splint, brace, or other device that keeps the lower leg from moving.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine|
|Last Revised||January 3, 2013|
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