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A 36-year-old member asked:

What physical therapy is used for an achilles tendon rupture?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 40 years experience
Modalities, exercise: First the treatment for the above injury is not physical therapy. If it is a partial achilles tear one might need immobilization to allow healing. If the tear is completer, it will likely require a surgical repair followed by cast immobilization. After the injury has healed whether partial or complete, physical therapy with modalities, stretching and strengthening used to return to nl.
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Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 32 years experience
Conditioning: Gentle range of motion, scar mobilization, conditioning (calf strengthening), proprioception. Follow surgeons guidelines for how to progress.
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A 44-year-old member asked:

What do you do for a torn Achilles tendon besides physical therapy?

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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 19 years experience
See a surgeon : I would make sure it does not require surgical intervention.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is Achilles tendon rupture like?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
Not fun: Achilles is a major tendon in the leg which plays important role in foot function. Ruptures are sometimes treated via cast immobilization and other times primary repair via surgery. Rehab can be couple of months.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What causes an Achilles tendon rupture?

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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 42 years experience
Most commonly it: Is from a foreceful motion with a sudden change in direction which applies a torque to the tendon. Examples are a sudden change in direction when playing a sport such as tennis or basketball.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 32 years experience
Severe: Pain, sweling, unable to point toes downward. Often hear or feel a loud pop. Extreme difficulty or inability to walk.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have an Achilles tendon rupture?

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Dr. Eric Bluman
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 24 years experience
A few things...: Most people with ruptures experience pain, swelling and inability to flex the ankle in the direction of the sole of their foot. Some will see what appears to be a bruise at the site of the rupture. If you think you ruptured your achilles tendon i recommend you see an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon. One in your area can be found at: www.Aofas.Org.
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