Problems with the Achilles tendon can be quite painful and limit a sufferer's mobility. While more conservative treatment options are available, in some cases, the physicians at Perimeter Orthopaedics may determine that surgery is necessary to repair the torn Achilles tendon.
When a doctor performs surgery on a torn Achilles tendon, the goal is to repair the tendon. Because of swelling and inflammation, it may be necessary to delay surgery for about a week after the tear initially occurs.
During the surgery, your doctor will make an incision above the heel to access the tendon and sew it back together. After surgery, a cast or a walking boot may be necessary to allow the ankle to heel properly. This will typically be worn for between 6 and 12 weeks. Physical therapy and exercises may be recommended to help further your recovery and rehabilitation.