Achilles Tendon Injury: Surgery or Immobilization
If you have a ruptured Achilles tendon, instead of having surgery you may use a cast, splint, brace, walking boot, or other device that will keep your lower leg from moving (immobilization). When immobilized over a period of months, the Achilles tendon can slowly reattach and heal.
Immobilization is a wise treatment choice for some people, but not for others. When deciding on treatment for an Achilles tendon rupture, consider your level of activity, your need for leg strength at home or at work, and your age and medical condition.
Think about the following when deciding whether surgery or immobilization is best for you:
Immobilization is usually followed by a rehabilitation program, which may include stretching, exercising, and physical therapy.
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