Ruptured Achilles tendon not always painful

Ruptured Achilles TendonMunich - A ruptured Achilles tendon does not always make itself painfully felt.

People who suspect that they have the injury due to a sporting activity, for example, should therefore try standing on their toes, advised the Munich-based medical newspaper Aerztliche Praxis (Medical Practice).

If they cannot, the tendon is most likely torn.

Only a visit to a doctor brings certainty, however. By performing the so-called Thompson Test, which involves squeezing the flexed calf muscles, a doctor can make a definitive diagnosis. Most affected people are aware of an Achilles tendon rupture, however: The injury is usually accompanied by a popping sound and a short, sharp pain in the lower calf. (dpa)