Your Achilles tendon is the located on the back of your heel bone.
It is the largest and strongest tendon in your body. Because it does not have a tendon sheath (natural covering that helps protect tendons and provide vital blood supply), it is the most susceptible to injury and even ruptures.
Achilles Tendon Fun Facts:
- Achilles heel ~ Greek mythology, the powerful Achilles was brought down by an arrow to his heel (right in that exact location where there is no tendon sheath to protect it!) This term is often used to describe a ‘weakness’.
- Certain antibiotics can cause your Achilles tendon to actually rupture! Be extra cautious while performing exercises if you are taking medications like Cipro or Levaquin!
- Achilles tendon ruptures often feel and sound like a ‘pop’ after jumping up (like in Basketball and Rugby!).
- You can rupture your Achilles tendon and still walk on it – other muscles help you walk as well ~ it’s very important to get any injury evaluated to determine if the tendon is just inflamed or more damaged.
For more information about Achilles Tendonitis, please check out our comprehensive Heel Pain page or call 309-661-9975 to make an appointment!
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