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Achilles Tendon Repair

 

The Achilles tendon is the terminal tendon of the calf muscle. This tendon can rupture when it has been weakened by degeneration of the tendon fibers (overweight, dehydration, pre-existing tendonitis). Surgical treatment of the Achilles tendon reduces the risk of its recurrence significantly.

 

Achilles tendon rupture

Achilles tendon rupture is a frequent injury affecting thousands of people each year. This injury is more common among athletes, though many non-athletes may suffer from it. An Achilles tendon injury can be very disruptive as it interferes with quite normal daily activities such as walking. The treatment of a recent Achilles tendon rupture can be surgical or orthopedic. The goal of treatment (orthopedic or surgical) is to heal the tendon by bringing the tendon ends together and thus regain the desired mobility.

 

The process

In the case of an Achilles tendon rupture, a suture is performed to put the two fragments of the Achilles tendon end-to-end (open surgical repair). The intervention lasts from one to two hours and can be performed on an outpatient basis or through a short hospital stay. The anesthesia is generally local, that is to say with anesthesia only of the limb to be operated on.

 

Postoperative Care                                                                                                

  •    After the operation, a removable boot (walking cast) is put in place directly for a minimum of 3 weeks. 

  •   Small daily self-mobilization exercises are performed outside the boot.

  •  At three weeks and as soon as the ankle has recovered the right angle, support is gradually authorized.

  •   In general, the removable boot is removed after a month and 1/2 to two months with a heel pad for another month.

 

Depending on the profession, the patient may consider two to six months of the work stoppage. After the operation, several check-ups with the surgeon are needed where they consecutively would prescribe physiotherapy sessions for 3 months.

 

Who needs the Achilles tendon surgery?

Left untreated, a ruptured Achilles tendon may heal, but with poor scar tissue (possibly rupturing again) and an elongated tendon, which decreases calf strength. Surgical treatment in young patients indeed allows faster recovery with better functional quality and a much lower risk of recurrence of the rupture.




FAQ

Achilles tendon rupture is an injury that affects the lower part of a person's foot and causes the Achilles tendon to rupture behind the person's foot. This complication mainly occurs in people who exercise for fun, but it is not just for athletes and can happen to anyone. The Achilles tendon is a strong fiber that connects the muscles in the back of your leg to your heel bone.

Falling from heights, stepping into a pit or pit, increasing the intensity of exercise, especially in sports that require jumping.

Age. The prevalence age for Achilles tendon rupture is 30 to 40 years. Men are 5 times more likely than women to have an Achilles tendon rupture. Achilles tendon injuries are more likely to occur during exercise. These include running, jumping, starting and stopping suddenly, such as soccer, basketball, and tennis. Obesity. Excess weight puts more strain on the tendon and can cause the disorder in the long run.

If you hear something exploding in the back of your foot or ankle and then you feel you can not walk easily. It is best to see a doctor as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.

The treatment for an Achilles tendon rupture will often depend on the age, activity, and severity of the injury. In general, younger and more active athletes, in particular, tend to use the surgical option to repair a torn Achilles tendon. But older people are more likely to volunteer for non-surgical treatments.