Achilles Tendon Tear & Repair
TreatmentEach case of Achilles tendon rupture must be evaluated on an individual basis. It is important for the individual and physician to discuss and determine which treatment options are most appropriate. Treatment for Achilles tendon ruptures can be surgical or nonsurgical.
Surgery is not recommended for inactive individuals or those who are at high risk for complications or cannot tolerate surgery. Treatment for these individuals includes approximately six weeks of casting to allow the tendons to heal, followed by physical therapy. Physical Therapists focus on improving physical functioning by addressing muscle strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, and coordination. This method can be effective, and it avoids the risks, such as infection, associated with surgery