Achilles Tendon Tear & Repair
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TreatmentEach case of Achilles tendon rupture must be evaluated on an individual basis. It is important for the individual and physician to discuss and determine which treatment options are most appropriate. Treatment for Achilles tendon ruptures can be surgical or nonsurgical.
Surgery is not recommended for inactive individuals or those who are at high risk for complications or cannot tolerate surgery. Treatment for these individuals includes approximately six weeks of casting to allow the tendons to heal, followed by physical therapy. Physical Therapists focus on improving physical functioning by addressing muscle strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, and coordination. This method can be effective, and it avoids the risks, such as infection, associated with surgery
RecoveryIndividuals with surgical and non-surgical repair have good to excellent rates of returning to full activity levels with proper treatment and rehabilitation. The length of time for healing is highly variable. Generally, individuals with surgical repair can return to walking and swimming at six weeks, and gradually return to sports several months from the surgery. They have a lower risk of repeated tendon rupture and a better chance of regaining full strength in the leg. Individuals with non-surgical repair will often participate in rehabilitation for a longer period of time. They have a higher risk of repeated tendon rupture and loss of strength.
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