Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes
July 1999 Vol. 25, No. 7   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
What's this?

Plantaris: Another Pain

from the July, 1999 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

After our May, 1999, article regarding a diver who had ruptured his Achilles tendon while making a giant stride off a rolling dive platform, we heard from reader Richard Nelson, M.D. He wrote to tell us that Achilles tendon rupture is not the only injury that causes sudden pain to the back of the leg after push-off and leaves the ankle feeling powerless. He notes that Plantaris muscle rupture can cause virtually identical symptoms and that it’s a much more common injury than Achilles tendon rupture.

Plantaris, unlike Achilles, does not “interrupt the motor mechanism”: a diver who has experienced a Plantaris muscle rupture will still be able to move his foot downward when he squeezes his calf, whereas the diver who ruptured his Achilles tendon was described as “unable to rise on his left forefoot.” Although both ruptures are quite painful, Nelson says Plantaris requires no treatment and “if a diver is hard core, he can continue.” Achilles tendon rupture, however, requires surgical repair and weeks in a heavy cast.

Both injuries can be avoided by eliminating forward push-off entry, especially when heavily-laden with dive gear, and instead entering from a seated position.

I want to get all the stories! Tell me how I can become an Undercurrent Online Member and get online access to all the articles of Undercurrent as well as thousands of first hand reports on dive operations world-wide

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2024 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.