In the blue skies of Texas, you can often spot colorful kites whipping around in the wind controlled only by a string! Though amazingly resilient, even kite strings can sometimes snap under excessive stress, much like the Achilles tendon that endures an incredible amount of strain, until one day it just can’t take it anymore!
Yes, your Achilles is the strongest tendon in your body, but repetitive forces or sudden trauma can even cause it to tear, and when that happens, you’ll go down as quickly as a kite free from its string! Unlike a case of tendinitis when tissues are inflamed and sore, an Achilles tendon rupture severs tissues and causes extreme pain and immobility. To find relief and restore function, the tendon usually needs to be surgically repaired.
Achilles surgery is done through either one large incision or several small ones, and typically entails sewing the tendon back together, and possibly reattaching it to your calf. Such a major tendon with such big responsibilities (like helping you stand and move!) will need a long period of time to heal and recover properly.
You can expect to be in a cast or walking boot for 6 to 12 weeks, with total recovery time being as much as 6 months. Your foot will gradually be adjusted from pointing downward to its normal position, and physical therapy exercises will be incorporated to help strengthen the tendon and regain range of motion.
It’s a long process, but with patience, diligence, and help from your friends at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute, you’ll be back to your favorite activities before you know it. Whether it’s running a marathon or simply flying a kite – the sky’s the limit!
For more information or to make an appointment, you can contact our Round Rock or Cedar Park, TX office by calling (512) 593-2949.