Achilles Tendon Problems (cont.)
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Treatment for Achilles tendinopathy includes not only rest to allow the tendon to heal but also ways to increase strength and flexibility to prevent further injury. Treatment for an Achilles tendon rupture includes surgery or a cast, splint, brace, walking boot, or other device that will keep your lower leg from moving (immobilization). Early treatment usually results in better healing.
To treat Achilles tendinopathy, your doctor will advise you to:
Your doctor may suggest that you wear a night brace to keep your foot flexed, if your Achilles tendon shortens and stiffens while you sleep.
If you continue to have pain or stiffness in the ankle area, your doctor may prescribe a walking boot or other device for 4 to 6 weeks to keep your lower leg and foot from moving and allow the tendon to heal.
If you still have Achilles tendon pain after more than 6 months of consistent treatment and rest, you might need to consider surgery.
Achilles tendon rupture
Treatment for an Achilles tendon rupture includes:
What To Think About
Do not smoke or use other tobacco products. Smoking slows healing because it decreases blood supply and delays tissue repair.
If you have an Achilles tendon rupture, your decision about whether to have surgery will depend in part on your:
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