Can you still walk with a torn Achilles tendon?

The Achilles tendon is at the back of the heel. It can be ruptured by sudden force on the foot or ankle. If your Achilles tendon is ruptured you will be unable to stand on tiptoe and will have a flat-footed walk.
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How long does it take to fully recover from an Achilles tendon?

Generally, the outlook is good. However, the tendon does take time to heal, usually about six to eight weeks. More time will be needed after this to allow the muscles to regain their normal strength after being in a plaster cast or a brace (orthosis).
  • How painful is Achilles tendon rupture?

    Although it's possible to have no signs or symptoms with an Achilles tendon rupture, most people have: The feeling of having been kicked in the calf. Pain, possibly severe, and swelling near the heel. An inability to bend the foot downward or "push off" the injured leg when walking.
  • How do you know if you ruptured your Achilles tendon?

    Symptoms of Achilles tendon rupture. If you rupture your Achilles tendon, you might hear a snapping or popping sound when it happens. You'll feel a sudden and sharp pain in your heel or calf (lower leg) too. The pain will then settle into a dull ache or it may go completely.
  • When did Kobe Bryant tear his Achilles tendon?

    Kobe Bryant's season over after tearing Achilles. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant grimaces after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles.
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How long does it take to recover from a torn Achilles injury?

At some point as you recover, your doctor will ask you to begin moving your heel. This may be as soon as 2 to 3 weeks or as long 6 weeks after your injury. With the help of physical therapy, most people can return to normal activity in 4 to 6 months.
  • What are the symptoms of Achilles heel?

    Common symptoms of Achilles tendinitis include:
    • Pain and stiffness along the Achilles tendon in the morning.
    • Pain along the tendon or back of the heel that worsens with activity.
    • Severe pain the day after exercising.
    • Thickening of the tendon.
    • Bone spur (insertional tendinitis)
  • When did Kobe Bryant tear his Achilles tendon?

    Kobe Bryant's season over after tearing Achilles. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant grimaces after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles.
  • What is your Achilles tendon do?

    The Achilles tendon is a band of fibrous tissue that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone, according to the Mayo Clinic. You use this tendon in practically every activity that involves moving your foot, from walking and running to jumping and standing on tip-toe.

Updated: 2nd October 2019

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