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Achilles tendon rupture: first aid

Your Achilles tendons are the largest tendons in your body. They attach your calf muscles to your heel bones.

Sometimes an Achilles tendon can break (rupture).

How to tell if someone has ruptured an Achilles tendon

On the left, a gap shows where an Achilles tendon has ruptured. On the right a normal tendon shows no gapWhen someone ruptures an Achilles tendon they may:

How to help someone with a ruptured Achilles tendon

What happens next?

Ruptured Achilles tendon

Living with an injury

Pain relief after an injury

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. December 2016.

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