Achilles Tendon Rupture


The Achilles tendon can rupture or tear during a sporting activity, typically a sudden push-off. People report a feeling that someone has struck them at the back of their heel during a game of squash, basketball, netball or even while dancing!

The diagnosis is usually obvious clinically but sometimes an ultrasound may be useful to determine the level of the injury.


The Achilles tendon has a tremendous healing capacity. The aim of treatment is to allow return to pre-injury level of function. This can be achieved with both operative/surgical repair and with non-operative treatment. The end result is often similar with both methods and this has been proven in several large research studies on the topic. Surgical repair may significantly reduce the risk of re-injury and is thus recommended in younger or active patients. Return to full athletic activity takes 6-12 months regardless of which treatment method is chosen.

Dr Andrej Nikoloski, Knee, Foot & Ankle Surgeon, Western Australia
About Doctor
Andrej Nikoloski
Orthopaedic Surgeon
foot & Ankle Specialist

Dr. Andrej Nikoloski is an orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in Foot and Ankle surgery.

He has extensive experience and a special interest in the treatment of work-related and sports injuries of the foot and ankle.

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Australian Medical Association
  • Royal North Shore Hospital
  • British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
  • American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society
  • Australian Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society