J Korean Foot Ankle Soc.  2017 Jun;21(2):75-78. 10.14193/jkfas.2017.21.2.75.

Acute Segmental Rupture of Achilles Tendon by Sport Injury: A Case Report

  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Seoul Hospital, Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Chuncheon Sacred Heart Hospital, Hallym University College of Medicine, Chuncheon, Korea. hohotoy@nate.com


Tendoachilles rupture has recently seen an increase in frequency, accounting for up to 40% of all tendon ruptures. However, an acute segmental rupture of the Achilles tendon is very rare with only one case caused by predisposing factors, such as steroid injection. In this report, we highlight an unusual clinical presentation of a segmental rupture of the Achilles tendon without any underling predisposing factor and without direct trauma. Herein, we discuss its mechanism. Twelve months after surgical repair with open technique, this patient became fully functional again in daily activity.


Achilles tendon; Rupture; Tendon injuries

MeSH Terms

Achilles Tendon*
Tendon Injuries


  • Figure 1 The preoperative radiograph shows 2 cm sized avulsion fragment located 3 cm above the upper margin of calcaneal tuberosity and loss of Kager's triangle.

  • Figure 2 The preoperative sagittal magnetic resonance imaging shows tear of the Achilles tendon at 6 cm proximally from calcaneal insertion site (arrow) and the superficial fiber rupture of Achilles tendon combined with avulsed fracture fragment (asterisk).

  • Figure 3 Intraoperative photographs of the Achilles tendon shows about 80% partial tear of the Achilles tendon at 6 cm proximally from calcaneal insertion site (arrow) and the superficial fiber rupture of Achilles tendon combined with avulsed fracture fragment (asterisk).

  • Figure 4 (A) Achilles segmental rupture was respectively repaired by Krackow method and suture bridge technique. (B) Paratenon was completely repaired. (C) Postoperative radiograph.

  • Figure 5 Twelve months after surgical repair, the patient can perform the heel raise posture without difficulty.

  • Figure 6 The potential mechanism to explain segmental rupture of Achilles tendon.


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