A 24-year-old male asked:
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i' did an achilles tendon lengthening(z plasty)because i had 6cm equinus problem.6 months after, i still feel my feet weak and my walking is bad. why?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Please consult : With your surgeon. With any tendon lengthening procedure there will be some degree of weakness. This is inherent in the procedure. Muscle/tendon strengthening may be helpful, a physical therapist can help with this, you may require orthotics or bracing in the meantime to prevent any falling or instability.
Answered on Sep 5, 2012
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Dr. Alan Wittenberg
52 years experience Podiatry
Muscular weakening.: When you have a muscle lengthened, you lose at least one grade of muscle strength. It can take up to a year before the muscle returns to 'somewhat' normal. You should be in therapy in order ro regain your muscle strength. Consult your podiatrist for exercises or go to a therapist.
Answered on Apr 16, 2016
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Dr. Alan Ettinger
48 years experience Podiatry
Time: The achillis takes a long time to heal. Are you under the care of a physical therapist? Check back with the surgeon.
Answered on Sep 5, 2012

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