Acute achilles tendon rupture sustained during exertional squash play

Author(s): Mohamud A Verjee

The Achilles tendon or heel cord, also commonly known as the calcaneal tendon, is a thickest tendon of the back of the leg in the human body. It serves to connect the plantaris, gastrocnemius (calf) and soleus muscles to the calcaneus (heel) bone. These muscles, acting by means of the tendon, cause plantar flexion of the foot at the ankle, and (aside from soleus) flexion at the knee. Achilles tendon rupture is the point at which the achilles tendon breaks. The achilles is the most commonly injured tendon. A break can happen while performing activities requiring increasing acceleration, for example, pushing off or jumping. The male to female proportion for Achilles tendon break fluctuates in the vicinity of 7:1 and 4:1 across various studies.

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