Although it's possible to have no signs or symptoms with an Achilles tendon rupture, most people experience:

  • Pain, possibly severe, and swelling near your heel
  • An inability to bend your foot downward or "push off" the injured leg when you walk
  • An inability to stand up on your toes on the injured leg
  • A popping or snapping sound when the injury occurs

When to see your doctor

Seek medical advice immediately if you feel a pop or snap in your heel, especially if you can't walk properly afterward.

Sep. 23, 2011