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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!