Achilles Tendon Rupture Treatments

What are some Achilles tendon rupture treatments?

An Achilles tendon rupture can occur as a result of many things. Let's learn some of the Achilles tendon rupture treatments.

Failure to stretch adequately before exercising, running on uneven surfaces, and starting an intense exercise routine are often culprits of such an injury. However, this is an exercise that can occur for a great many reasons in addition to the ones listed.

However, once your Achilles tendon has been ruptured there are a few options that you can consider. Determining which option works best for you is heavily dependent on age and activity level. The typical approach for treatment is usually based upon two options, surgical and non-surgical.

Non-surgical methods

When someone has suffered from a ruptured tendon, walking becomes painful and undesirable. As a result, a boot or cast is worn on the foot with a slight elevation. This allows the tendon to heal without undue stress. Unfortunately, the healing process can be quite lengthy when the tendon is left to heal on its own.

However, Achilles tendon rupture treatments are always followed by rehabilitative exercises regardless of the approach. Older people tend to opt for the non-surgical option because it's not as invasive and their diminished activity level doesn't require a quick healing. Fortunately, both methods are equally effective.

Surgical methods

Depending on how torn your Achilles tendon is, surgery may be a viable option. Younger people tend to opt for surgery because the healing is quicker and there's less of a chance that the injury will occur again. The surgical repair of a ruptured Achilles tendon generally involves sewing the tendon back together.

The surgical method actually makes the tendon stronger due to the reinforcement that the sewing creates. As stated earlier, both the surgical and the nonsurgical method will require the patient to undergo rehabilitative activities. Even if an Achilles tendon is not completely destroyed, a condition called Achilles tendonitis can occur just from the inflammation caused by stretching a tendon too far. This is where prevention becomes key.

Prevention

Suffering from a ruptured Achilles tendon is a fairly common injury. As a result, it's a good idea to do a few things that prepare your body for movement in an effort to prevent injury. Make sure that you properly stretch the entire length of the calf muscles before engaging in strenuous activity. Choose your running surfaces carefully to avoid falls, and vary your exercise.

Remember to adjust the intensity of your exercises in 10 percent increments to avoid injury. An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure. Rehabilitation after suffering a ruptured tendon generally takes four to six weeks so it's a good idea to be cautious too, in order to avoid this type of injury.

However, if and when this injury does occur, the doctor doesn't have to do too much more than inspect your ankle area and lower leg for tenderness and swelling, as well as a gap in the tendon.

Rehabilitation

Injuring the Achilles tendon is painful and both surgical and nonsurgical measures require a lengthy rehabilitative process. The treatment is determined largely by the age and the activity level of the patient, with older people choosing to go down the nonsurgical route more often than not. This is often due to the invasiveness of surgery and the fact that the results are often mutually effective for both the surgical and nonsurgical approaches.

Younger and more active people choose the surgical route more often because the healing is quicker and the tendons tend to heal a little stronger and are less prone to re-injury. However, with any injury, it pays to take preventative measures to ensure that this type of injury is prevented from happening again.

Preparing your body for exercise by gently stretching the calf muscles, varying your routine, paying attention to your running surfaces, and gently easing the intensity of your exercises, are all extremely beneficial when it comes to avoiding re-injury. This is a common injury, and those that opt for the nonsurgical route are often a little more prone to re-injury. However, being careful is still a powerful preventive measure and should be practiced every time you exercise.

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Last Reviewed:
August 28, 2017
Last Updated:
October 09, 2017