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Doctor insights on: Achilles Tendon Exercises After Surgery

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What exercises can I do to strengthen my weak Achilles tendon?

What exercises can I do to strengthen my weak Achilles tendon?

Controlled stretch: One-leg calf stretches can be performed by placing your hands on a wall keeping one leg straight behind you and the other bent. Keeping your back heel on the floor, lean your hips forward, stretching the back calf muscle. Alternate the sides to stretch both calves. Stretching should be started gradually with three sets of 10 repetitions for strengthening exercises. ...Read more

Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more


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I have a very weak Achilles tendon and is very painful, what exercises can I do to help strengthen it?

I have a very weak Achilles tendon and is very painful, what exercises can I do to help strengthen it?

Need a diagnosis: A "tendon" is rarely "weak." if the muscles that form the achilles (gastrocnemius and soleus) are weak a physical therapy program can be of benefit. ...Read more

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What exercise can I do that will not aggravate my Achilles tendon?

What exercise can I do that will not aggravate my Achilles tendon?

Bike: Biking, and mild elliptical machines are exercises that will not aggravate the achilles. Don't forget to stretch. ...Read more

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What exercises can help after I have Achilles tendon repair?

Ask your surgeon: Varied rehab protocols, all that may be correct, exist between different surgeons. Generally early on, range of motion through a limited arc and isometric strengthening, followed by gradual progressive conditioning and strengthening and avoidance of forceful training for an extended period of time. ...Read more

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I woke up with a pain in my Achilles tendon stopping me from walking on it properly, I have not done anything to provoke this exercise wise. Any idea?

Proceed with caution: Anytime one has pain in the Achilles tendon area, extreme care should be taken to avoid any further involvement. More information is needed to make a proper assessment, but be on guard. ...Read more

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My Achilles tendon and hip flexor have been hurting. Is it possibly because of too much exercise?

My Achilles tendon and hip flexor have been hurting. Is it possibly because of too much exercise?

Yes, maybe: If resting and light stretching for a week doesn't resolve the issue, get evaluated. ...Read more

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I’ve had pain in the area of my Achilles’ tendon for a month, it makes it difficult to exercise and even painful to walk. Can a podiatrist help?

I’ve had pain in the area of my Achilles’ tendon for a month, it makes it difficult to exercise and even painful to walk. Can a podiatrist help?

Yes: Achilles’ tendon strain should be worked up to avoid rupture at your age. Simple stretching, shoe lift or other preventative tx as well as topical or injection tx will provide immediate and lasting benefit. ...Read more

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I get sharp pain in my Achilles tendon during exercise - this has happened for years depite long periods of rest. It doesn't hurt when I walk. Torn?

I get sharp pain in my Achilles tendon during exercise - this has happened for years depite long periods of rest. It doesn't hurt when I walk. Torn?

See orthopedic MD: I would recommend that you consult with an Orthopedic surgeon for this ongoing problem. It is possible that you injured it in the past and are dealing with an ongoing chronic tendinitis. Try stretching your calf muscles prior and after exercising, may help. Most of all, see Orthopedic surgeon for consultation and see if they can offer definitive treatment after thorough evaluation ...Read more

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What type of streches/exercises can I do to at home to stretch my 10 months old baby's Achilles tendon; ankles are very tight and never puts foot flat?

What type of streches/exercises can I do to at home to stretch my 10 months old baby's Achilles tendon; ankles are very tight and never puts foot flat?

See doctor first: I would not advise doing any stretches on your baby's feet or ankles without first checking with the pediatrician, preferably a pediatric orthopedist or podiatrist. While stretching may be helpful, it can also cause problems such as subluxing joints or tearing or rupturing soft tissues (tendons, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels). ...Read more

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What exercises can I do if both of my Achilles tendons hurt?

What exercises can I do if both of my Achilles tendons hurt?

Rest and rehab: First rest and ice the tendon to reduce the inflammation. Then stretching (dynamic and static) to reduce the tension on the tendon that causes it to get sore. Swimming, weight lifting that does work your calves, and possibly elliptical if you use your quads and not calves to push. ...Read more

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My Achilles tendons aren't visible. What exercises are there to tone my calves so that they appear?

My Achilles tendons aren't visible. What exercises are there to tone my calves so that they appear?

Calf definition: There are some excellent pliometric exercises that help dramatically with toning the backs of the legs and ankle areas. A healthy and active lifestyle really pays off! ...Read more

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I have an Achilles tendon ruptute, but will undergo surgery only a week later. What should I do to minimise the consequences/complications (if any)?

Achilles tendon: Sorry to hear about your achilles tendon tear. Stop smoking if you smoke, don't drink alcohol (it's a toxic), hydrate and use ice around the area because it's probably swollen and bruised. Eat healthy and keep away from spicy foods that may raise your blood pressure. Also, shave the area and use aftershave (alcohol based) to clean afterwards if there are hairs in the back of the leg. ...Read more

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How can you lay comfortably after Achilles tendon surgery?

Talk to your doctor: This should be discussed with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can I travel from detroit, mi to nashville tn 3 days aftter my Achilles tendon surgery?

Not advisable: It would be best to ask your surgeon but it would be best to keep it elevated and for you to rest. ...Read more

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Is it possible to travel 3 days after my Achilles tendon surgery from detroit mi to nashville tn?

Is it possible to travel 3 days after my Achilles tendon surgery from detroit mi to nashville tn?

Yes you could: But I do not advice it, because the amount of the swelling you have, also sitting in the plain going to cause more swelling. If it is urgent for you to go ask for exit seat to keep leg elevated and ask doctor to give a shot of Heparin to use so you will developed blood clots. ...Read more

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How long does it take after Achilles tendon surgery to begin rehab?

6 weeks usually: I usually start formal therapy at 6 weeks post operatively. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover after torn Achilles tendon repair surgery?

Progressive: Different surgeons have varying protocols which all may be acceptable. Usually there is some form of immobilization for close to 3 months. By 6 months most patients are able to resume most of there activities but it can easily take a year to be "fully recovered". ...Read more

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What type of surgery is necessary to correct a problem with an achilles' tendon/plantars fasciitis?

Not necessarily both: Depends on the "problem" of course.
Many times the plantar fasciitis can be treated non-surgically.
While one may need to operated, the other may improve "on its own" (achilles vs plantar fascia). ...Read more

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Which type of shoes can I wear after Achilles tendon surgery?

Which type of shoes can I wear after Achilles tendon surgery?

Regular shoes: After you fully recover from surgery, shoe gear modification is not really necessary. If there is not scarring on the back of the heel, then any shoe would be fine. However, you will need time to fully recover. Remember elite athletes who suffer from this injury often need a long time to recover. Please be patient and take care of yourself and listen to your doctors advice. ...Read more

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I tore my achilles' tendon a while ago... Had surgery. Just started physio. I'm pretty athletic. How long till I start walking again?

I tore my achilles' tendon a while ago... Had surgery. Just started physio. I'm pretty athletic. How long till I start walking again?

Talk to MD: The last thing you want to do is place unneeded stress on the achilles and re-rupture it. Talk to your surgeon about their expectations for rehabilitation and exercise. ...Read more

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Achilles tendon surgery 2 years ago this 9/1/12. I still have serve pain in my heal & when I walk I can feel like something is tearing.?

Achilles tendon surgery 2 years ago this 9/1/12. I still have serve pain in my heal & when I walk I can feel like something is tearing.?

Tendinitis: The achilles tendon has a poor blood supply. With any injury or surgery to repair an injury, there will be scarring. The amount of scarring depends on severity of injury, amount of surgery needed to repair the injury, patient compliance and the body's ability to heal. Since you are still having problems, see you foot specialist. Don't let it continue. Dr l. ...Read more

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A friend is taking a road trip 6 weeks after Achilles tendon surgery. What problems could he have? What preventative measures should be taken?

Prevention: The first thing that comes to mind is to safeguard against developing a dvt (deep vein thrombus, blood clot). Wearing compression stockings and moving your legs (flex at hip and knee) at least every 30 minutes are good measures to take. ...Read more

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My big toes are being towards my other toes while the rest of my toes are being pulled my my achilles' tendon. What surgery fixes this?

My big toes are being towards my other toes while the rest of my toes are being pulled my my achilles' tendon. What surgery fixes this?

SEe a podiatrist: It sounds like you have a bunion deformity and perhaps some other structural issues. A proper examination including x rays will be necessary to evaluate your condition. ...Read more

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How long does it take an achilles' tendon tear to heel after surgery to fix it has been done?

This would: Be variable as different patients present with different extents of the injury. Some tendons can be shredded or retracted and they will heal at a different rate then say a clean laceration. Some tears are partial, some complete so all these factors come into play. ...Read more

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Why does my foot still hurt after my Achilles tendon surgery? The surgery was in may 2011

Achilles tendon pain: The Achilles tendon is a very slow healing wound due to its poor vascularity. Furthermore the dependency of the leg itself may prolong wound healing due to edema. It is imperative that you follow the instructions of your surgeon and therapist and wear proper compression garments. Pain is not unusual for up to 2 years before becoming stable. ...Read more

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Had Achilles tendon lengthening surgery back in may. Was given levaquin today...Have had issues with cipro (ciprofloxacin) and tendons. Should I take it?

Had Achilles tendon lengthening surgery back in may. Was given levaquin today...Have had issues with cipro (ciprofloxacin) and tendons. Should I take it?

No: You should have informed the prescriber of your tendon issues, call them and inform them, I would imagine they would change your prescription as there are other options. ...Read more

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Had achilles tendon surgery 2 days ago, urinary incontinence resulted. I'm 66 yrs old with a sm amt of urgency prior to surgery. Will this get better?

Had achilles tendon surgery 2 days ago, urinary incontinence resulted. I'm 66 yrs old with a sm amt of urgency prior to surgery. Will this get better?

Incontinence: This is normal if you had an catheter placed during surgery, which I presumed happened. Your prostate was affected. Give it some time and it should get back to your normal habits. If after a week or two, no improvement then you might see an urologist. ...Read more

Achilles Tendon (Definition)

Your achilles tendon attaches from your calf muscle to the ...Read more