Friday, 20 January 2017

Video: Achilles Tendon Rupture

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to your heel bone and is used when you walk, run, and jump.
๐Ÿ’‰๐ŸจA rupture of the tendon is a tearing and separation of the tendon fibers so that the tendon can no longer perform its normal function.
๐Ÿ’Š๐ŸจOne method to test for rupture is the Calf squeeze (Thompson) test.

๐Ÿ’‰๐ŸจThis test requires positioning the patient in the prone position with the feet hanging off the table, or with the knees flexed and the feet hanging over the end of a chair. As the examiner squeezes the patient's calf muscle, plantar flexion of the ankle should occur if the Achilles' tendon is intact. The test is positive if the foot remains in the neutral position or if there is minimal plantar flexion of the ankle compared with the unaffected side.
๐Ÿ”ต๐Ÿ”ตAnother method is by Palpation- positioning the patient so that both Achilles tendons can be observed from behind and simply palpating the tendon along its entire length

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