Steve Smith - Ruptured Achilles Tendon - John Schilero, DPM

Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens receiver had to be carried off the field in a game after suffering from a foot injury. The coach of Baltimore Ravens later announced that Steve Smith suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. Considered as one of the best receivers of his generation, Steve Smith had to be sidelined, which was a big blow to the team.

Foot injuries among athletes and football players in particular is common. With the huge physical stress that the foot undergoes in a game, the likelihood of injury is high. Consult a podiatrist for any signs of chronic foot pain. Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with chronic foot pain and other types of foot conditions.

What is ruptured Achilles tendon?

Ruptured Achilles tendon is the complete tear through the tendon about two inches above the heel bone.

What are the causes of ruptured Achilles tendon?

  • Achilles tendon can grow weak and thin because of age and lack of use. Rapture usually occurs in the middle-aged athletes
  • Making a forceful push of your of your foot
  • Sudden trip or stumble and your foot are thrust in front to break the fall
  • Falling from a significant height


What are the signs and symptoms of ruptured Achilles rupture?

  • A sudden severe pain at the back of the ankle
  • A loud popping or snapping sound
  • A gap may be felt about two inches above the heel bone
  • Swelling and stiffness followed by bruising

How to treat a ruptured Achilles tendon?

Protection is needed to give time for healing. Moving your foot and ankle is advised to prevent the loss of muscle tone. Treatment options are non-surgical and surgical. Both will require a period of six weeks of casting or special braces. Use of heel lifts device followed by a regular physical therapy.

Consultation with a podiatrist to determine the treatment and follow-ups.

  • Self-care for ruptured Achilles tendon
  • You have to rest the injured part.
  • Ice the injury to limit the swelling.
  • Compress the injured area with the use of elastic bandages.
  • Elevate the injured part to reduce the swelling.
  • Over the counter medications are also an option to relieve both pain and inflammation.

How to prevent a ruptured Achilles tendon? 

  • Daily stretching and pre-activity warm up.
  • A continuous level of activity should be maintained especially of you are out of the sport for a long period of time.
  • An overall muscle conditioning will help to maintain a healthy tendon.
  • Wearing appropriate shoes that will support your foot against injury.

At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people suffering from chronic foot problems. To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.