Why does the Achilles tendon rupture?

The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the entire human body. The length of the tendon is about six inches long and it begins in the back of the leg. It goes down the back of the leg and it attaches to the back of the heel bone. At about four centimeters above the back of the attachment, the Achilles tendon is its thinnest point – about one and a half inches in width. This is an area of frequent injury among athletes who overstress that area by doing too much too soon. This could include running, jogging, or various other activities that put a significant stress on the Achilles tendon. This is an area where we can have inflammation of the tendon, some partial tearing, and this is usually where the tendon gets ruptured. 

If you've experienced a rupture of the Achilles tendon and are dealing with pain, contact Dr. Harvey R. Danciger today. He and his expert staff can treat you with the care and compassion you deserve and put you on a treatment plan to get you back to the activities you love.

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle