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Achilles tendon rupture first aid

On the left, a gap shows where an Achilles tendon has ruptured. On the right a normal tendon shows no gapYour Achilles tendons are the largest tendons in your body. They attach your calf muscles to your heel bones.

Sometimes an Achilles tendon can rupture (break). This is usually caused by a high force or impact, such as moving quickly from a standstill. It can happen most often in sports such as football, running, basketball and tennis.

How to tell if someone has ruptured an Achilles tendon

When someone ruptures an Achilles tendon they may:

Helping someone who has ruptured an Achilles tendon

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed November 2019.

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Ruptured Achilles tendon

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