Achilles tendon tear

Case contributed by Frank Gaillard
Diagnosis certain


Acute pain and difficulty with plantar flexion.

Patient Data

Age: Adult

Selected images demonstrating an Achilles tendon tear, atypically located just above its insertion rather than at the critical zone, usually approximately 5cm above its insertion. Plantaris remains intact, as is often the case when it is present.

Annotated image

Plantaris tendon (blue arrow) remains intact. 

How to use cases

You can use Radiopaedia cases in a variety of ways to help you learn and teach.

Creating your own cases is easy.

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.