The future is an unknown. Sudden changes and factors you may be unaware of can throw a wrench into the best-laid plans for your weekend, your family life, and your job. Despite this, however, people can make educated guesses and learn from the past when it comes to predicting your injury recovery.
While you might not be able to tell for certain the exact challenges you’ll face as you recover from an Achilles tendon rupture, you can have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Knowing what to expect from your tendon repair and recovery can help you prepare yourself and properly invest in your healing.
Your Achilles will rupture when the tendon tissue is forced to stretch farther than it can go. Repairing this kind of damage takes time—a lot of time, in most cases. You will need a few weeks of treatment as the tendon heals the ripped ends. Then you’ll need additional recovery time to manage your rehabilitation. All in all, most people are in recovery from anywhere for 4-6 months, and possibly longer.
There are two paths for treatment, and they depend on your unique health and the severity of the rupture: conservative and surgical. The conservative route involves simply immobilizing the affected foot in a cast or special boot while the tendon repairs itself. Surgery reattaches completely ruptured tendon ends and allow them to heal back together. After the procedure, you’ll need to wear a cast to keep your Achilles still for a while.
As soon as your Achilles is ready, no matter which route you took, you’ll start rehabilitation. This means you’ll begin stretches, exercises, and therapy to restore your strength, flexibility, and endurance. This can include any number of stretches to loosen the tightened Achilles and exercises to build up the muscles in your lower legs and feet. It’s not until your tendon is completely pain-free with these activities that you can move into therapy to return to sports, if that is your goal.
It’s true, everyone is different and everyone responds to foot care differently. There is a general procedure to recovering from an Achilles tendon rupture, however, that can show you what to expect. The sooner you begin your tendon repair, the better for your recovery. Let our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists help you heal your tendon. Make an appointment through our website, or call our Las Vegas offices at (702) 839-2010.