Achilles tendon, Achilles tendon injury, Achilles tendon rupture, assessment of Achilles tendon, management of Achilles tendon



  1. Palmer, Debra M. MSN, ONP-C, FHNP-C


Acute ruptures of the Achilles tendon commonly occurs in healthy men 30-50 years old who participate in sports. Neglected Achilles tendon rupture due to a delay in treatment, or a misdiagnosis can have significant financial and negative health consequences to the patient. Long-term adverse affects include abnormal gait, chronic pain, and an inability to function normally, resulting in loss of occupation and/or depression. The key components in the management of patients with Achilles tendon rupture consists of a thorough assessment, early recognition, and comprehensive management to enhance functional outcomes and reduce disability. This article delineates predisposing factors affecting Achilles tendon rupture, the pathophysiology of injury, patient assessment including clinical tests, and imaging studies. Nonsurgical and surgical interventions are also discussed. The role of an advanced practice nurse in caring for patients with Achilles tendon rupture is also described.