Written for www.physiciansweekly.com by: Christopher P. Chiodo, MD
Attending Orthopedic Surgeon Chief, Foot and Ankle Service
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts Orthopaedic Association
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has released treatment guidelines on acute Achilles tendon rupture, emphasizing early motion and weight-bearing to enhance the return of function.
When an Achilles tendon ruptures, the forces placed on the tendon exceed its tensile limits. Patients who sustain these injuries often experience sudden pain in the affected leg, difficulty with weight-bearing, and weakness of the affected ankle. “The Achilles tendon is one of the strongest tendons in the body, and a rupture can be quite disabling,” explains Christopher P. Chiodo, MD.