Achilles Tendon Rupture (cont.)
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- Achilles tendon rupture facts
- Function of Achilles tendon
- Blood supply of Achilles tendon
- What is an Achilles tendon rupture?
- What causes an Achilles tendon rupture?
- What are Achilles tendon rupture symptoms and signs?
- How is a ruptured Achilles tendon diagnosed?
- What are treatment options for an Achilles tendon rupture?
- What are possible complications of an Achilles tendon rupture?
- What is the recovery time for an Achilles tendon rupture?
- What rehabilitation exercises are recommended following an Achilles tendon rupture?
- How can an Achilles tendon rupture be prevented?
- Are there any home remedies for an Achilles tendon rupture?
- What is the prognosis of an Achilles tendon rupture?
- Find a local Doctor in your town
How can an Achilles tendon rupture be prevented?
To prevent Achilles tendonitis or rupture, the following tips are recommended:
- Avoid activities that place an enormous stress on the heel (for example, uphill running or excessive jumping).
- Stop all activity if there is pain at the back of the heel.
- If pain resumes with one particular exercise, another exercise should be selected.
- Wear proper shoes.
- Gradually strengthen calf muscles with sit-ups if prior episodes of Achilles tendonitis have occurred.
- Always warm up with stretching exercises before any activity.
- Avoid high-impact sports if prior episodes of Achilles tendon injury.
Are there any home remedies for an Achilles tendon rupture?
Once the Achilles tendon is partially damaged, one should exercise great care. The risk of rupture is high and if pain is associated with walking, one should consult with an orthopedic surgeon or a sports physician. A complete rupture of the Achilles tendon is never treated at home. It is important to understand that there are no minerals, nutrients, or herbs to treat Achilles tendon injury and any delay just worsens the recovery.
What is the prognosis of an Achilles tendon rupture?
When proper treatment and rehabilitation are undertaken, the prognosis is excellent. The majority of athletes can return to their previous exercise or sports. However, those who undergo nonsurgical care should be aware that recurrence of tendon rupture is much higher than surgical therapy.
Individuals should be aware of proper techniques of warming up prior to any exercise. For those who develop pain at the back of the heel during sporting activities, it is highly recommended that one wear proper-fitting shoes and discontinue the exercise if pain persists.
Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
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