Achilles Tendon Tear/Rupture
The Achilles tendon allows for bending and pushing off that skiing requires, however there are times when this tendon can be overstretched beyond its limit or suddenly subjected to too much force.
In extreme moments this can cause the Achilles tendon to tear or rupture.
The achilles tendon typically tears due to weakness or overuse. This is because skiers usually focus their pre-season conditioning on the core, hips and legs.
- Difficulty walking
- A popping sound when the rupture occurs
- Sudden pain in the back of the ankle and lower leg
- Swelling or bruising in the back of the ankle
- An inability to ‘push off’ the injured side
Whether or not an Achilles tendon rupture requires surgery depends on the severity of the tear. A mild sprain or partial tear can feel similar or a sprained ankle and responds well to rehab treatment.
If you believe you have ruptured or torn your Achilles tendon your best course of action is to go to a hospital for investigation. If a tear is confirmed, you may need to wear a boot for several weeks and then you will need a strengthening and stability programme and we advise you seek professional advice from a Physiotherapist/ Osteopath or Sports Therapist to support you with this.
If you prefer Pre-hab to Re-hab and would like to know how you can train to try and prevent some skiing injuries, please look at the instagram post from our Sports Therapist, Jack Price, or contact us for your personal programme.
Once out of the cast, your ankle will be need a strengthening and stability programme and we advise you seek professional advice from a Physiotherapist/ Osteopath or Sports Therapist to support you with this.