The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel of the foot. This connection helps the foot point and standing with the heel off the ground. Sometimes a strong contraction of the calf can tear the tendon. Oftentimes Achilles tears are associated with muscle imbalances or from overtraining and compensating from another injury that hasn’t healed in the lower extremity putting too much workload on the Achilles. Some examples include exercises like jumps and landing. Once torn, pain can be felt at the back of the lower leg with swelling and bruising making walking difficult. Sometimes patients can injure a small tendon that can mimic an Achilles tendon called the plantaris or tennis leg which also is associated with a pop.
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