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Does My Achilles Tendon Injury Require Surgery?

Monday, 21 December 2020 00:00

An Achilles tendon injury generally produces severe pain and discomfort. This tendon is located in the back of the leg and connects the calf muscles to the heels. An injury that is caused by sudden twisting and turning may result in an Achilles tendon rupture. A complete tear of this tendon will most likely require surgery, and it generally takes several weeks for a full recovery. Wearing a splint or boot may be required for a partial tear, as this is helpful in keeping the foot stable as the healing process occurs. A common symptom that is associated with an Achilles tendon injury is swelling. Mild relief can be found when the affected foot is elevated as often as possible, in addition to keeping it raised slightly above your head while sleeping. If you have experienced this type of injury, please consult with a podiatrist who can perform a proper diagnosis and offer the best treatment options for you.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Rosa Roman of Ankle and Foot Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Bloomfield, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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