Achilles Tendon Rupture Treatment
A rupture to the Achilles tendon can make it impossible for you to use the affected foot. A ruptured Achilles tendon generally occurs in individuals playing recreational sports and is most common to those in middle age. This injury affects the back of your lower leg.
Some individuals will hear a pop when the tendon ruptures. This sound is followed immediately with sharp pain in the back of the lower leg. The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone. When it ruptures, you are no longer able to flex your foot or push off on it when walking.
Conservative, non-surgical treatment may be used to treat a ruptured Achilles tendon. Sometimes the ruptured ends of the tendon can reseal without intervention other than immobilization of the ankle. The patient will need to use crutches for a length of time to rest the tendon. Ice is applied to the area to keep swelling down. Pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. A boot or cast may be necessary to immobilize the ankle and keep the foot flexed in the down position to promote healing of the tendon.
Non-surgical treatment has its advantages, but keep in mind it may also increase your chances of rupturing the tendon again. Recovery can take longer with the non-surgical approach. Rehabilitation with weight bearing early in the treatment process has been shown to be very effective.
Most often, a ruptured Achilles tendon requires surgery to repair the injury. The risks involved include the possibility for infection to develop at the surgical site and possible nerve damage. Dr. Mogul uses minimally invasive procedures for surgery. This reduces the risk of infection.
Physical therapy exercise will help strengthen leg muscles and the Achilles tendon. These exercises are advised regardless of the type of treatment you have for the injury. Most people can return to their normal routine within four to six months. To prevent further injury, it is important to continue with your strength and stability training.
For the best treatment of a ruptured Achilles tendon, call Dr. Stuart Mogul. Using state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Mogul will diagnose and treat your condition and have you back in the game. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.