The Achilles tendon is a tendon that runs from the group of muscles from the calf (gastrocnemius and soleus) and attaches to the hind-foot/heel bone (calcaneus). People that sustain an Achilles rupture where the tendon is completely torn, are normally middle aged runners that often have a history of Achilles tendon pain such as a tendinopathy. Also, due to its genetic predisposition, they often have a relative who has sustained similar injuries or they have a history of a rupture in the opposite leg.
According to James Calder, a Consultant Foot and Ankle Surgeon, the best way for these injuries to be treated is with surgery to repair the tendon. The protocol of treatment following surgical intervention usually consists of a period of intense physiotherapy to regain strength in the muscle (which is important to pushing off in walking and running,) and also to ensure movement and stability in the ankle is regained. It is important that this is achieved rapidly in order to prevent repeat rupture or damage to any other surrounding structures. This involves completing prescribed stretches to the joint and slowly increasing the movement allowed in a post-operative boot.
Hopefully by completing your tailored physiotherapy programme, you should be able to return to your desired sports activities in approximately 6 months.
Are you looking to complete a physiotherapy programme for an Achilles rupture? We are able to see you in your home, work place or hotel and can set up an initial appointment within 24 hours. Contact us today on 0207 884 0374 or email info@physiocomestoyou.