Protect Your Mobility with Achilles Surgery
A tear or rupture of your Achilles tendon can strike without warning, causing severe and sudden pain. It’s common for patients to feel anxiety about their treatment, especially if they’re told they may need surgery.
At The Foot Health Center, we combine compassionate care with the latest techniques to help Maryville patients recover from an Achilles tendon rupture. Our experienced surgeons, Dr. Luis Aquino and Dr. David Kinscherff, use their expertise to evaluate your discomfort and provide skilled treatment to restore your health and mobility.
If you’ve had tendon pain or trouble walking, don’t hesitate to contact our office and make an appointment.
Treating Achilles Tendon Tears with Surgery
When an Achilles tear is deemed acute enough to require surgery, our surgeons have the skill and experience to provide expert surgical treatment. The approach for Achilles surgery depends on the severity of the injury, and how long it has been since it occurred.
Acute Achilles Tendon Tears:
If this is a first-time injury, and it happened within days or weeks, surgery will be scheduled fairly quickly. The surgeon repairs the tension in the tendon while carefully ensuring that the tendon is not too tight or loose, so that you can regain your function and mobility. While Achilles surgery does have a long recovery time, most patients can return to their full activity level once surgery and healing are complete.
Chronic Achilles Tendon Tears:
If the injury has happened more than once, or treatment was delayed months after the injury, a chronic Achilles tendon tear may develop. This involves scar tissue building up and shortening the tendon.
To restore function, the surgeon must lengthen the tendon, which is more complex than treating an acute tear. Treatment may involve folding the tissue from the upper calf or transferring tissue from the other tendons in the ankle to restore function. Recovery for this procedure takes longer, and it can be more difficult for patients to regain mobility.
It’s essential for you to seek help as soon as you suspect you’ve had an Achilles tendon rupture. The sooner your condition is identified, the more likely your treatment will be successful.
What Symptoms Should I Look For?
The symptoms of an Achilles tendon tear are fairly distinct and difficult to miss. Most patients describe a popping or snapping sound. This is immediately followed by a feeling in the back of your leg as though they’ve been kicked, even though no one has kicked them. Pain and swelling are noticeable, and it becomes difficult to bend the foot downward or support weight on the toes of the affected leg.
Contact our office immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:
- A distinct popping noise
- Pain in the calf, like being kicked
- Swelling near your heel
- Difficulty bending your foot downward
- Difficulty lifting your heel or pushing off when walking
Helping You Recover Your Healthy, Active Life
An Achilles tendon rupture can cause many problems, but with our help, recovery is possible. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will answer all of your questions and treat you with compassion during your visits.
Get the treatment you need to feel, play, and live like yourself again. Schedule your visit today!