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Assessment and Management of Patients With Achilles Tendon Rupture

Assessment and Management of Patients With Achilles Tendon Rupture Acute ruptures of the Achilles tendon commonly occurs in healthy men 30–50 years old who par- ticipate in sports. Neglected Achilles tendon rupture due to a delay in treatment, or a misdiagnosis can have significant financial and negative health consequences to the patient. Long-term adverse affects include abnormal gait, chronic pain, and an inability to function normally, resulting in loss of occupation and/or depression. The key components in the management of patients with Achilles tendon rupture consists of a thorough assessment, early recognition, and comprehensive manage- ment to enhance functional outcomes and reduce disability. This article delineates predisposing factors affecting Achilles tendon rupture, the pathophysiology of injury, patient assessment includ- ing clinical tests, and imaging studies. Nonsurgical and surgical interventions are also discussed. The role of an advanced practice nurse in caring for patients with Achilles tendon rupture is also described. Key words: Achilles tendon, Achilles tendon injury, Achilles tendon rupture, assessment of Achilles tendon, management of Achilles tendon CUTE ruptures of the Achilles ten- ported in patients with systemic lupus erythe- don occur most commonly in healthy matosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and Amen 30 to 50 years old who par- those with type O blood (Saglimbeni, Fulmer, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal Wolters Kluwer Health

Assessment and Management of Patients With Achilles Tendon Rupture

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal , Volume 29 (3) – Jul 1, 2007

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© 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISSN
1931-4485
eISSN
1931-4493
DOI
10.1097/01.TME.0000286968.24782.7f

Abstract

Acute ruptures of the Achilles tendon commonly occurs in healthy men 30–50 years old who par- ticipate in sports. Neglected Achilles tendon rupture due to a delay in treatment, or a misdiagnosis can have significant financial and negative health consequences to the patient. Long-term adverse affects include abnormal gait, chronic pain, and an inability to function normally, resulting in loss of occupation and/or depression. The key components in the management of patients with Achilles tendon rupture consists of a thorough assessment, early recognition, and comprehensive manage- ment to enhance functional outcomes and reduce disability. This article delineates predisposing factors affecting Achilles tendon rupture, the pathophysiology of injury, patient assessment includ- ing clinical tests, and imaging studies. Nonsurgical and surgical interventions are also discussed. The role of an advanced practice nurse in caring for patients with Achilles tendon rupture is also described. Key words: Achilles tendon, Achilles tendon injury, Achilles tendon rupture, assessment of Achilles tendon, management of Achilles tendon CUTE ruptures of the Achilles ten- ported in patients with systemic lupus erythe- don occur most commonly in healthy matosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and Amen 30 to 50 years old who par- those with type O blood (Saglimbeni, Fulmer,

Journal

Advanced Emergency Nursing JournalWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Jul 1, 2007

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