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Doctor insights on: Achilles Tendon Lengthening Surgery Recovery

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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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What can be done after an unsuccessful Achilles tendon lengthening?

Why was it: Unsuccessful? Did it rupture? Did the original problem not go away? ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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Had peroneal tendon and Achilles lengthening surgery on right foot and ankle 9 weeks ago and Achilles is still sore. When can I start driving again?

Had peroneal tendon and Achilles lengthening surgery on right foot and ankle 9 weeks ago and Achilles is still sore. When can I start driving again?

Backseat Driver: Those tendons are thick and don't have much blood supply so they take a long time to heal. Like with most surgery, rehab is the key to recovery. Are you seeing a physical therapist who can help you progressively improve your strength, flexibility and stamina? If not, get on the Google Highway and virtually drive around for the facts. But, really, you need some personalized attention with this. Patience! ...Read more

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Had Achilles lengthening surgery 6 months ago but still have significant pain. How can I get some relief from the soreness?

Had Achilles lengthening surgery 6 months ago but still have significant pain. How can I get some relief from the soreness?

Therapy for Achilles: Achilles tendon lengthening procedures are very helpful for equinus deformities. Depending on the type of procedure performed the normal healing process post op can develop scar tissue and adhesions which can be painful and create soreness. The best option for this is aggressive physical therapy to assist in increase range of motion, decrease pain and reduction of scar tissue. ...Read more

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What should I expect during my peroneal and Achilles lengthening surgery? I'm having my right ankle fixed, and increasing mobility of foot.

What should I expect during my peroneal and Achilles lengthening surgery? I'm having my right ankle fixed, and increasing mobility of foot.

Casting then rehab: You will likely be immobilized for weeks. Once the surgery site is healed aggressive physical therapy and rehabilitation will begin. True functional gains could occur around 6 weeks of rehab ...Read more

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I stand on my feet all day at work. I have Had Achilles lengthening surgery in june but still having pain and tenderness, how long will it last?

I stand on my feet all day at work. I have Had Achilles lengthening surgery in june but still having pain and tenderness, how long will it last?

Achilles surgery: People who have not had surgery often experience pain and tenderness after being on their feet all day. Be sure you are wearing the most comfortable shoes possible with arch support. Low heels but not flats. Preferrably new training shoes with thick cushioning. Might need to return to your surgeon for more information, but healing can continue to at least a year or more for full strengthening. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need Achilles lengthening surgery? Have walked on my toes since age 1, capsulitis both feet, stretching boot not working. 47 female

How do I know if I need Achilles lengthening surgery? Have walked on my toes since age 1, capsulitis both feet, stretching boot not working. 47 female

The calf muscles: Are a complex of several muscles, but the 2 main muscles that become the achilles tendon start above and below the knee. Your ability to bring your foot up depending on whether your knee is straight or flexed will determine which muscle is "tight." it's usually better to lengthen the muscle itself than to lengthen the achilles tendon itself. See an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Scheduled for percutaneous Achilles lengthening. Is usual recovery NWB for weeks? After recovery, will leg now be too weak for ever hiking or sports?

Recovery time: Achilles tendon lengthening requires non-weightbearing for at least 4-6 weeks. During this time, your tendon is trying to heal/repair the gaps made during the surgery. If you bear weight too early, you risk tearing the tendon or rupturing it completely. As a result of the surgery, your Achilles tendon will be weaker (4/5 strength instead of 5/5), but you should be able to hike etc. ...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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Please tell me if it is possible to lengthen my Achilles tendon?

Achilles: Without examining you it is impossible to say definitively. See your treating physician for an evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how can I lengthen my Achilles tendon?

Mainly 2 options: Stretching vs surgical procedures
see your foot and ankle doctor to discuss. ...Read more

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Can it be possible to "thin and lengthen" your Achilles tendon?

Surgically - yes: Some surgical procedures result in lengthening of the achilles tendon, and as a result, the tendon becomes somewhat thinner than before the surgery. ...Read more

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How is Achilles tendon transfer performed. How long is the recovery?

How is Achilles tendon transfer performed. How long is the recovery?

Up to 3-6 months: Could be a minimum of 3 months and could be up to 6 months or even more. Depending on the specific type of surgery done. ...Read more

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3 weeks after Achilles surgery/fhl transfer/debride/lengthening it has started being very painful in calf when standing up. Is this normal?

3 weeks after Achilles surgery/fhl transfer/debride/lengthening it has started being very painful in calf when standing up. Is this normal?

Scar tissue: Yes, pain is normal. I'm sure your physician has you in non-weight bearing status. Usually non-weight bearing status after tendon transfer is 8 weeks. As you start going back to normalcy and within the healing period you will get scar tissue and stiffness, this will be treated after the period of nonweight bearing with physical therapy. ...Read more

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My son 6 years old just had an achilis tendon lengthening surgery. .. 2 days after the pain is gone buthe can not stand up straight is it normal?

My son 6 years old just had an achilis tendon lengthening surgery. .. 2 days after the pain is gone buthe can not stand up straight is it normal?

See below: It is going to be painful to stand after the operation so your son is probably going to minimize this activity if he can. Discuss progress with your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long till I can jog/run after achillies tendon lenghtening surgery?

How long till I can jog/run after achillies tendon lenghtening surgery?

Ask your surgeon: It is very important to ask your surgeon this question. Using your leg/ankle too soon after surgery could disrupt the repair. If you are still preop, take a friend with you to discuss the risk/benefits of your surgery. If you are after surgery, then call your surgeon for a post operative appointment. ...Read more

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My 6 year old son just had casts removed after a bilateral achilles lengthening. Doctor said no therapy required. Does this seem right?

My 6 year old son just had casts removed after a bilateral achilles lengthening. Doctor said no therapy required. Does this seem right?

Clarify with doctor: Kids are very active, most of the time no special physical therapy is needed, but find out from his surgeon, if you are not happy with explanation seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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How can physical changes in foot from untreated compartment syndrome - high arch, cavus foot, & claw toes - be fixed? Can an Achilles lengthening fix?

No: Achilles lengthening won't fix those problems. Try to avoid any more surgical intervention until it's all you have left. Exhaust physical therapy & other noninvasive treatments first. ...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?

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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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 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

Achilles Tendon (Definition)

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