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Achilles Tendon Injury

Illustration of human leg muscles with the Achilles Tendon highlighted

What is an Achilles tendon injury?

The Achilles tendon is a very strong tendon in the back of the calf that attaches to the heel bone. It is important during walking as it helps push the foot up and forward. Achilles tendon injuries can be very limiting and can result in immobility. Achilles tendon injuries can vary from athletic injuries that result in a catastrophic (complete) tendon tear/rupture, or can be simply irritated from overuse (Achilles tendinosis.)

How is an Achilles tendon injury treated?

Some of these injuries can be treated without surgical intervention with protective boots and physical therapy; however catastrophic ruptures generally require repair. Long-standing tendonosis that results in a Haglund deformity (a bony enlargement on the back of the heel) may require surgical correction.

Physical therapy is often prescribed for mild injuries and strains of the Achilles tendon after the patient has followed the Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate (RICE) method of care. When physical therapy does not resolve the symptoms, your doctor can determine if surgical intervention is appropriate. On the other end of the spectrum, Achilles tendon ruptures typically require surgical intervention prior to physical therapy; your doctor can discuss the various options for treatment with you to help arrive at the best treatment plan for your specific injury.

Why come to the International Center for Limb Lengthening for treatment of Achilles tendon injuries?

The International Center for Limb Lengthening’s foot and ankle surgeons offer our patients the most comprehensive treatment possible, because our doctors approach these problems from both a podiatric and orthopedic perspective. With a collective experience of over thirty years of helping patients with lower leg, foot and ankle problems, the Foot and Ankle Service of the Rubin Institute is one of the leading treatment centers for foot and ankle conditions in the United States. Our patients benefit from our team-centered approach with expert surgeons and specialized physician assistants, nurses and physical therapists. We help patients with Achilles tendon injuries achieve their best possible result.

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