Patient Stories

I am a dancer. It is my life’s passion. I was a senior in college at Northeastern University when my life changed in an instant. I was in my last semester, excited about my upcoming trips to Ireland to host a dance competition and then on Spring break to Mexico with my best friends. It was going to be great.… Read more “Bianca Smith”

Bianca Smith
Rutherford, NJ


What is the Achilles tendon?  

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel.  It provides plantar flexion (pointing the toes) and dorsiflexion (flexing the ankle up).

Common Causes

  • Explosive movement, such as a quick burst or sprint
  • Making a sudden stop
  • Landing from a jump
  • A traumatic injury

Treatment Options

Surgical Treatments

Surgical FAQs