Achilles Tendon Repair
The achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body and is located at the back of your heel (connecting your calf muscle to your heel bone). When this thick cord of connective tissue is damaged, achilles tendon surgery may be necessary to repair the injury.
If heel pain is limiting your ability to be active and pursue the things you love, speak with an orthopedic doctor at UPMC today. We offer a wide range of treatments for achilles tendon.
When Achilles Tendon Repair Is Necessary
Your doctor may suggest achilles tendon repair if the injury is limiting your ability to be active. Achilles tendon tears may be partial or complete. Depending on the extent of your injury, physical therapy may be an effective treatment option. In some cases, your doctor may recommend surgery to help restore full range of motion without pain or disability (and to reduce the risk of future tendon injuries).
Recovering from Achilles Tendon Repair
If you’ve had surgery to repair an achilles tendon injury, you’ll need to wear a cast on your foot following the procedure. This will be removed after about two weeks, allowing your doctor to check your incision area. Once your cast is off, you may need to wear a walking boot for several weeks. Recovery time is generally about six weeks.
You’ll likely have physical therapy to help strengthen your ankle and restore range of motion. This may take six months to a year, depending on the severity of the problem. Typically, most people experience good results from achilles tendon surgery and are able to return to normal activities.
UPMC offers exceptional care, including achilles tendon repair, in Williamsport, Lewisburg, Berwick, Lock Haven, Muncy, State College, and Wellsboro, PA.