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By Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., FACFAS, P.L.L.C
April 20, 2015
Category: Foot Care

Ruptured Achilles TendonDid you know that the health of your whole body can be compromised if your foot health isn't at the level it needs to be? Think about it: your feet are your body's foundation, so it follows that foot problems cause issues with everything resting on that foundation, too!

At the office of Dr. Kenneth R. Meisler, he and his associates want to make your feet feel right at home. One of the leading foot problems Dr. Meisler's patients come into his office with is a ruptured Achilles tendon, which can happen to athletes and regular people alike. While the immediate aftermath following such a debilitating podiatric problem can leave patients without hope, the truth of the matter is that - through proper rehabilitation and ample healing time - their Achilles tendon can make a full recovery.

Take a look below at some common treatment options for a ruptured Achilles tendon:

Surgical Treatments

Surgery lowers the risk that a ruptured Achilles tendon will get ruptured again later. Also, surgery can improve patients' push-off strength more than non-surgical options, while also improving overall foot muscle function and ankle flexibility.

After surgery is completed, the patient's foot and ankle will be immobilized in either a cast or walking boot until the surgeon deems it time to slowly start putting weight on the foot again. Overall, surgical options have been found to provide the best results for patients following a traumatic injury featuring a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Non-Surgical Treatments

These options are best for minor rupture cases, especially among patients who aren't as active. Also, patients who have medical problems might be unable to undergo surgical treatment, and so choose alternatives. These include the use of a cast, walking boot, or brace that will restrict motion long enough for the tendon to heal on its own.

For more information on the treatment options available for a ruptured Achilles tendon, give the office of Dr. Meisler a call today at (212) 628-4444 and speak with one of the foot specialists on site for full foot relief achieved right here in New York City!

By Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates
October 01, 2013
Category: Foot Care

Achilles TendonThe Achilles tendon is the strong band of tissue that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. This lower leg tendon enables you to walk, jump, stand on your toes and climb stairs. You rely on it virtually every time you move your foot.

When the tendon is stretched beyond its normal capacity, a complete or partial tear may occur. Most Achilles tendon ruptures occur as a result of sport-related injuries when forceful jumping or sudden accelerations of running overstretch the tendon and cause a tear. Individuals with Achilles tendinitis -- weak and inflamed tendons -- are also more susceptible to tendon tears.

Signs of a torn Achilles tendon include:

  • Sudden, sharp pain in the back of the ankle and lower leg
  • Snapping or popping sensation at the time of the injury
  • Swelling down the back side of the leg or near the heel
  • Difficulty walking or rising up on the toes

The best treatment for a torn Achilles tendon is prevention. Avoiding this injury could save yourself months of rehab and extended time away from your game. Help prevent injury to your Achilles tendon by:

  • stretching your calf muscles regularly
  • limiting hill-running and jumping activities that place excess stress on the Achilles tendons
  • resting during exercise when you experience pain
  • maintaining a healthy weight
  • alternating high impact sports, such as running with low impact sports, such as walking or biking
  • wearing appropriate, supportive shoes with proper heel cushioning

If you suspect a ruptured Achilles tendon, visit Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates as soon as possible. Until you can seek professional care, avoid walking on the injured tendon and keep it elevated. Ice the affected area to reduce pain and swelling and if possible, wrap the injured foot and ankle. For partial tears, swelling and pain may be less severe, but prompt treatment should still be administered.

Treatment for an Achilles tendon rupture can be surgical or non-surgical. Surgery to reattach the tendon is generally recommended, followed by rehabilitation, especially for individuals who want to return to recreational sports. Kenneth R. Meisler, D.P.M., P.L.L.C. & Associates can evaluate the severity of your tear and suggest the best treatment plan. With proper care, most people return to their former level of performance within six months.