Achilles Tendon Surgery:
There are many injuries to the Achilles tendon that can require surgery. Achilles Tendinitis or tendinosis, Tendinopathy, a ruptured Achilles tendon, or a wound such as a cut or blow, might require surgery.
Each of these injuries are serious and will most likely require surgery. However, all conservative treatment options such as rest, immobilization, orthotics, ice application, anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, prp and cortisone injections, will be taken before considering surgery.
Surgery for these injuries can consist of removing the damaged part of the tendon, lengthening of the tendon, or moving where the tendon is attached.
Most Achilles tendon surgeries will begin to heal after the fourth week and physical therapy usually starts at the sixth week after surgery. After surgery, make sure you do not bear any weight on the affected leg. Resting and elevating your leg will both help the healing process and make your life a bit more comfortable.
Be sure to watch out for discoloration, numbness in the toes, and excessive swelling. If you have any of these symptoms post surgery, be sure to contact your podiatrist.