An Achilles tendon repair reconnects the ends of the broken tendon so that one can use their foot for regular activity. There are two types of surgery. First is when a doctor makes an incision at the back of the leg. Then there is percutaneous surgery, where the doctor uses several smaller cuts and inserts tools to assist in repair.
After surgery, one can feel tired and lethargic for several days. It’s common for the lower leg and ankle to be swollen. You may also experience numbness around the incision/s. Further, your ankle and shin may be bruised. Ice can help to reduce swelling, and you should feel better after several days of rest.
During recovery, your tendon will slowly get stronger. It’s common that you will need to wear a cast or a walking boot for 6 to 12 weeks post-surgery. After a few weeks, you may be able to put weight on your leg, however, it will be several months before you have complete use of your leg and ankle. You will need to build your strength with rehabilitation through rehabilitation exercises.
How soon you can return to sports or other exercise depends on how well you follow your rehab program and how well your tendon heals. Your doctor or physiotherapist will monitor your progress and often trry to give you an achievable yet cautious timeline of when you can return to your activities. Most people are back in action (mildly) in about 4 to 6 months.
Stick to and attend all post-op appointments. Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. And if you feel something is off (besides the obvious), inform your doctor immediately.
Dr. Bagwe is a leading orthopedic surgeon specializing in ankle and foot reconstruction. If you are looking for an orthopedic surgeon near you then look no further. Dr. Bagwe is an industry leader when it comes to foot and ankle surgery doctors in St. Louis. Dr. Bagwe and his friendly and professional team is ready to welcome you and tell you everything you need to know.
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Dr. Bagwe is an Orthopedic Surgeon in St. Louis, Missouri | As a world class lower extremity specialist Dr. Bagwe treats disorders of the knee, foot and ankle which cause acute or chronic pain. With several locations in the St. Louis metro area, we offer solutions for Arthritis, Sprains and strains, Bursitis and tendonitis, Fractures, sports related injuries, work related injuries, stress fracture, Cubital tunnel syndrome, Knee ligament tear (ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL), Meniscal (cartilage) tear, Heel spurs, Plantar fasciitis, Shin splints, Hammer toe and other toe disorders, Achilles tendon problems, Bunions, and more.