Some symptoms of a torn tendon include severe pain, deformity in the affected area, bruising, weakness and inability to sustain weight, explains WebMD. Some symptoms are linked to particular injuries, such as the inability to walk due to a torn Achilles tendon.
Tendons that are likely to tear include Achilles tendon, rotator cuff tendon, quadriceps tendon and bicep tendon, notes WebMD. A tendon can tear due to an injury and overuse, says OrthoInfo. Some risk factors that improve the chances of experiencing a torn tendon include age, smoking, shoulder overuse, strenuous activities and taking corticosteroids. Some cases may only require icing, resting and taking painkillers to clear up.