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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can an achilles tendon rupture be healed without surgery ?

3 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Frederick Buechel, Jr. MD
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: Casting for 6-8 weeks and therapy works for most. Slightly higher re- tear rates without surgical repair. But, no risk of surgery.
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Dr. Scott Jason
Podiatry 24 years experience
Sometimes: It depends on how bad the rupture is. If its a partial rupture in can be heal without surgery by immobilizing the foot and ankle for about 6 weeks. If its a complete rupture it may require surgery.
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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 40 years experience
Most complete tears will need to be repaired to get the best result and prevent reinjury
Aug 19, 2012
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 50 years experience
Yes : Partial tears can heel without surgery. I suggest you discuss treatment options with your dr.
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A 48-year-old female asked:

Can i fly 3 weeks after Achilles tendon rupture surgery?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
Maybe : If you are otherwise healthy it should not be a problem.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is Achilles tendon rupture like?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
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?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
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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