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Achilles Tendon Rupture (cont.)

Prevention of Achilles Tendon Rupture

  • Prevention centers on appropriate daily Achilles stretching and pre-activity warm-up.
  • Maintain a continuous level of activity in your sport or work up gradually to full participation if you have been out of the sport for a period of time.
  • Good overall muscle conditioning helps maintain a healthy tendon.

Prognosis of Achilles Tendon Rupture

  • The majority of people return to normal activity levels with either surgical or nonsurgical treatment.
  • Many studies indicate a better outcome with surgery, especially in younger patients. Athletes can expect a faster return to activity with a lower incidence that the injury will happen again. Physiotherapy can expedite recovery time.
  • Typically as the rupture site heals, a small lump remains from the scarring. Atrophy of the adjacent calf muscle is not uncommon.
  • Weight bearing commonly begins at about six weeks with a heel support.
  • Return to running or athletics is traditionally about four to six months. With motivation and rigorous physical therapy, elite athletes may return to athletics as early as three months after injury.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Klippel, J.H., et al. Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases. New York: Springer, 2008.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/25/2016
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