Achilles Repair

Restore Your Achilles and Resume Activity.

The Achilles tendon, a robust fibrous cord linking your heel bone to the calf muscles, is crucial for proper walking. A ruptured tendon can manifest with a popping sound and sharp pain in the lower leg and ankle.

If your Achilles tendon is torn, an Achilles tendon repair may be necessary to restore function and mobility.

Surgical Options
There are two surgical approaches for Achilles tendon repair. Open surgery involves a single large incision on the back of the leg, while percutaneous surgery entails multiple small incisions. The minimally invasive percutaneous method is preferred for its reduced pain and quicker recovery.

During surgery, the ruptured tendon ends are sewn together, often with the aid of a nerve block to manage postoperative pain. Sutures close the incisions.

Surgery is typically scheduled about a week after the injury to allow swelling to subside. While the procedure is highly successful, it's essential to note that the foot may experience reduced strength post-surgery.

Am I Eligible?
Generally, active and healthy individuals seeking to return to physical activities like running and biking are prime candidates for Achilles tendon repair. Your podiatrist can evaluate if the procedure is suitable for you.

Post-Surgery Care
After surgery, a nerve block may provide temporary pain relief for up to 24 hours. You'll likely need a walking boot or cast for several weeks. Physical therapy and weight-bearing exercises commence while wearing the boot or cast. Recovery duration varies based on surgery type and tendon damage. The risk of re-rupture is minimal, but in such cases, the tendon can be repaired again.

Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step toward restoring your Achilles tendon and getting back to your active lifestyle.