Sudden onset achilles pain

Sudden onset pain in the achilles tendon is more rare than gradual onset or chronic pain. The athlete may feel a sharp stabbing pain at the time but this may not stop play / training. Later on or the following morning the achilles may stiffen up and be more painful.

  • Achilles Tendonitis

    Achilles Tendonitis

    Achilles tendonitis (also known as Achilles tendinopathy or Achilles tendinosis) is an overuse injury causing pain, inflammation and or degeneration of the achilles tendon at the back of the ankle.

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture

    Achilles Tendon Rupture

    A total rupture of the Achilles tendon is a complete tear of the tendon and typically affects men over the age of 40 involved in recreational sport.

  • Partial Rupture of Achilles Tendon

    Partial Rupture Achilles

    A partial Achilles tendon rupture can occur in athletes from all sports but particularly running, jumping, throwing and racket sport

  • Achilles Pain

    Pain at the back of the ankle is usually related to the achilles tendon and comes on gradually over time. A sudden onset or acute achilles tendon injury may be a partial or even complete rupture of the achilles tendon which needs urgent medical assistance. Thompson's squeeze test can be done to rule out a complete achilles tendon rupture. More commonly achilles tendonitis or similar injuries tend to occur over time.