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  • Writer's pictureLuke Nelson

Is my Achilles tendon going to snap?

“I’m just scared that I might rupture a tendon”

This is a common fear in those suffering with Achilles' tendinopathy, and one which will leave many fearful to sufficiently load & rehabilitate their tendon. But how common is it to rupture your Achilles tendon?

A previous study by Kannus et al in 1997, put this risk at a rather high 20%, BUT more recent research by Yasui et al found this figure to be MUCH lower. In their 2017 study, they found that only FOUR percent of patients with an underlying diagnosis of Achilles tendinopathy went on to sustain a rupture. Older patients with tendinopathy were most vulnerable to subsequent rupture.

So at 4%, this is a pretty low risk of sustaining a rupture! And one which in our experience, can be further lowered with a progressive loading & rehabilitative protocol to ensure optimal function of the tendon.

If you need help with your Achilles' tendon, please don't hesitate to contact us.


  • Kannus, P. and A. Natri (1997). "Etiology and pathophysiology of tendon ruptures in sports." Scand J Med Sci Sports 7(2): 107-112.

  • Turner, J., et al. (2020). "”It's disappointing and it's pretty frustrating, because it feels like it's something that will never go away." A qualitative study exploring individuals' beliefs and experiences of Achilles tendinopathy." PLoS One 15(5): e0233459.

  • Yasui, Y., et al. (2017). "The Risk of Achilles Tendon Rupture in the Patients with Achilles Tendinopathy: Healthcare Database Analysis in the United States." Biomed Res Int 2017: 7021862.


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