Achilles tendon rupture
The Achilles tendon is the large tendon which can be felt at the bottom of the calf as it inserts into the heel bone.
The tendon is made up of bundles of fibers called collagen and its function is to point the foot down and pushes us forwards during walking, running and jumping.
Commonly Achilles ruptures are treated without the need for surgery. The outcomes for non-surgical and surgical management are fairly equal, with a reduced risk of infection, wound complications and nerve injury with non-surgical management and a small decreased risk of re-rupture with surgical repair.