Is a torn Achilles tendon difficult to diagnose? How could it be missed? Also, does it make a difference if the orthopedic surgeon doesn''t specialize in the foot/ankle but rather specializes in the neck/spine?
The Iowa Court of Appeals did not comment on the question of how one misses a diagnosis of torn Achilles tendon, and there was radiographic evidence of the tear. I won't second-guess the doctor who missed the diagnosis, but I imagine that the case will be cited in future cases where he is the treating orthopaedic specialist, whatever the condition.