Achilles Tendon Problems (cont.)
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Common physical therapy treatments for Achilles tendinopathy include:
If other treatment does not reduce your Achilles tendinopathy pain, your doctor may recommend using a cast, brace, walking boot, splint, or other device for 4 to 6 weeks to prevent your lower leg and foot from moving and to allow the tendon to heal. This is then followed by physical therapy and modification of activities.
Achilles tendon rupture
A cast or similar device can be used to immobilize a ruptured Achilles tendon, giving it time to heal on its own. A cast or similar device prevents the lower leg and ankle from moving. Treatment with this type of device may take as long as 6 months to completely heal a tendon. This is usually followed by a rehabilitation (rehab) program that helps you regain strength and flexibility in the tendon and leg. The rehab program may include physical therapy as noted above.
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