The achilles tendon, also known as the heel cord, is the ankle's fibrous tissue. It is also the body's largest tendon. It lets the heel connect to the calf muscles, facilitating walking, running and jumping.
Achilles tendon rupture occur, often due to the following causes: sport injuries, accidental falls, arthritis, diabetes or medication. Recreational sports often involve jumping or running - these activities make the achilles tendon prone to injury.
Achilles tendon rupture can cause severe pain, swelling, and walking difficulty. These symptoms often indicates that, an acute injury may have occurred, prompt medical attention is needed.