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A rupture of the Achilles tendon is not an uncommon injury in sports activity and could be very dramatic when it occurs, since the calf muscles and the attached Achilles tendon play such an crucial function. It is more likely to happen in explosive activities like tennis. The real issue is that the achilles tendon and the two muscles connected to it cross two joints (the knee and the ankle) and if the two joints are moving in opposite directions at the same time, particularly if abruptly (as might happen in tennis), then the probability of something failing is quite high.

The management of an achilles tendon rupture is a bit controversial because there are two options that the majority the research shows have quite similar outcomes. One choice is conservative and the other is operative. The conservative option is commonly putting the lower limb in cast which supports the foot pointing downwards a little. Normally it takes as much as six weeks to get better and after the cast is taken away, there should be a slow and gentle resumption of exercise. Physical therapy is normally used to help with that. The operative option is to surgically sew the two ends of the tendon back together, this is followed by a period in a cast which is shorter than the conservative option, and will be followed by a similar slow and steady return to sport. When longer term outcomes are evaluated the final outcome is generally about the same, but the surgical approach has the additional potential for surgical or anaesthetic complications which the conservative strategy does not have. The decision as to which approach is better will have to be one dependent on the experiences of the doctor and the choices of the individual with the rupture. There is a trend for competitive athletes to go on the surgical pathway for an achilles tendon rupture as it is thought that this does give a better short term outcome and get them back to the sports field quicker.