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Achilles Tendon Rupture

The calf has two muscles: the gastrocnemius and the soleus. They meet to form the Achilles tendon, the large fibrous cord that runs down the back of your lower leg. It connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. The Achilles tendon is used for push-off strength, balance, and power while standing, walking, running, and jumping. This tendon can tear, creating pain at the time of the rupture, and then making it difficult to walk or run.

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Osteochondral Injury of the Ankle Joint

An osteochondral injury is an injury to the articular surface or lining of the ankle joint. Cartilage on the outside of this joint, called the articular surface, provides the smooth gliding between the ankle joint and the underlying bone that supports it (the talus). Osteochondral damage can be caused by an acute impact injury, may be associated with a bad ankle sprain or fracture, or may occur as a result of chronic instability from a prior ankle injury that wears away the cartilage surface.

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We suggested this condition because you mentioned these symptoms:

This is not a medical diagnosis. If you are in extreme pain, please dial 911 or go to emergency.

Does your foot or ankle hurt?


Where does it hurt?


Do you recall an injury?


Did you feel a pop in your calf?


Can you walk on your toes?


Is there swelling?


Is there a feeling of catching or locking in your ankle?


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