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Achilles Tendon Rupture (cont.)

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  • Nonsurgical treatment involves extended casting, special braces, orthotics, and physical therapy.
  • Avoids the normal complications and expenses of surgery.
  • Some studies show the outcome is similar to surgery in regard to strength and function.
  • There is risk of an over-lengthened tendon with inadequate tension.
  • Extended immobilization can lead to more muscle weakness.
  • Nonsurgical treatment has a higher incidence of re-rupture than surgical repair.
  • Nonsurgical treatment is often used for nonathletes or for those with a general low level of physical activity who would not benefit from surgery. The elderly and those with complicating medical conditions should also consider conservative nonsurgical treatment.
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