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Repairing a Torn Achilles Tendon

Recovering from a torn Achilles tendon necessitates a strategic approach, wherein the guidance of a podiatrist can prove invaluable. Whether opting for surgical intervention or a non-surgical route, the journey entails careful progression and diligent rehabilitation. Following initial immobilization, facilitated by a plaster cast, the rehabilitation plan, overseen by a podiatrist, emphasizes gradual reintroduction of movement, range of motion exercises, and flexibility work. Surgical interventions similarly involve a period of postoperative immobilization, followed by structured rehabilitation under the supervision of a podiatrist. The anticipated timeline for recovery spans approximately six to nine months. Close monitoring by a podiatrist ensures proper loading of the healing tendon while mitigating the risk of reinjury. Heat therapy, ice application, and flexibility training, all incorporated into the rehabilitation regimen, play pivotal roles in fostering optimal healing. Patience, adherence to the prescribed plan, and collaboration with a podiatrist are needed for achieving successful outcomes and restoring function and strength to the injured tendon. If you have injured your Achilles tendon, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Kevin Davis of Davis Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Springfield, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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