Achilles tendon tear repair is a surgery done to correct the rupture or tear of the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the human body. It works to connect the heal bone to the calf muscle, thus enabling us to walk, run, and jump. An Achilles tendon tear may refer to either a complete or partial tear of the tendon. If you have experienced an Achilles tendon tear or have chronic Achilles tendon pain or discomfort in the back part of the heal when you wake up in the morning, don’t hesitate to contact the Foot and Ankle Surgery Center of Excellence. Our doctors are world-class foot pain experts who specialize in heel pain and Achilles tendon repair and various Non-Surgical Achilles Tendon treatments. Call us today at (888) 225-0763 or send an email to schedule a consultation.
What Causes an Achilles Tendon Rupture?
Like other muscles or tendons in the body, the Achilles tendon can be torn if there is too much force or stress is put on it. This often happens during activities or sports that require a strong push off with the foot. An Achilles tendon tear is common in athletes who play football, basketball, and tennis. The Achilles tendon may also be damaged by an injury, such as a fall, or a cut at the back of the ankle. Sometimes a rupture occurs because a tendon is weak or has been subject to repeated chronic untreated injuries. Also conditions which can predispose a patient to achilles tendon injury include:
- Certain medical conditions, such as Cushing’s syndrome
- Certain antibiotics
- Advanced age
Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Rupture
The most common symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture include the following:
- Bruising on the heel
- Pain radiating out from the heel
- Difficulty pointing toes
- A snapping sound during injury
- Inability to walk
- Sensation of a sudden sharp pain to the calve
Partial tears may exhibit similar but less severe symptoms to a complete tear.
Achilles Tendon Tear Repair Surgery is the most common method for repairing a torn Achilles tendon. However, in some cases a cast may be used to allow the torn tendon to heal itself. This type of recovery takes longer than surgery and poses a higher risk of re-injury. The surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon involves making a small incision in the back of the injured leg. The surgeon then uses stiches to attach the torn tendon back together. After the surgery, patients usually wear a boot or a cast for six to eight weeks, while the tendon is allowed to reattach and heal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is an Achilles tendon tear diagnosed? A: To diagnose a torn Achilles tendon doctors use a combination of methods, including physical examination, medical history, and imaging tests. These imaging tests may include an ultrasound scan and an MRI scan. Q: Will I be able to walk after Achilles Tendon Surgery? A: Many people will need to go through some form of physical therapy in order to regain strength after an Achilles tendon repair surgery. Often this will also require the uses of crutches or a cane to walk. The patient may also be required to wear a brace, splint, or cast in order to protect the tendon and allow it to heal properly. Q: How do I know if I have an Achilles tendon tear and when should I contact a doctor? A: If you have swelling or pain in your leg, foot, or ankle that becomes worse or your foot or leg turns purple after an injury you should contact a doctor for a medical assessment.
Contact a Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Podiatrist, or Orthopedic Surgeon
Are you suffering from pain and swelling due to an Achilles tendon injury? Don’t risk doing more damage. Contact our team of Achilles Tendon repair experts today. You can reach us at 888.225.0763 or send an email to get answers to any questions you have or to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you. Next, read frequently asked questions about foot and ankle surgery.