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M. H., a man, aged 32, in his younger days a prizefighter, was well built and athletic. His history and examination as to any disease or local condition having any bearing on this accident was negative. The Wassermann reaction was negative. While engaged in a swimming pool as attendant, he slipped on the tiled floor and felt a severe, sharp pain in the back of the heel, which was very disabling, so that he could walk only with extreme difficulty. The chiropodist came to his assistance and strapped his foot. He compressed the heel-cord with a tight adhesive dressing against the tibia, because this was the seat of the pain. In spite of the severe disability and inability to contract the gastrocnemius, he kept at his work, although he had to walk 3 miles in open country each day. Had he not been used to severe physical punishment, he would
Oppenheimer ED. SPONTANEOUS RUPTURE OF ACHILLES TENDON WITH VICIOUS HEALING TO TIBIA AND ANKLE JOINT. JAMA. 1925;84(10):749. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.26620360002011b