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Doctor insights on: Pain After Achilles Tendon Surgery

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

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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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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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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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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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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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 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 a 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 a urologist. ...Read more

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10 weeks post-op left Achilles tendon surgery. I had tendonitis and heel bone spurs removed. And i still have pain and swelling. Is this normal?

10 weeks post-op left Achilles tendon surgery. I had tendonitis and heel bone spurs removed. And i still have pain and swelling. Is this normal?

Up to 6 months: The surgery that you had can take up to six months to heal. Other post-operative pain treatments could include the use of a TENS unit and or MLS laser treatments. ...Read more

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Is muscle spasms normal for post achillies tendon surgery.

Is muscle spasms normal for post achillies tendon surgery.

Spasms: It can be. See your surgeon for something that concerns you ...Read more

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4 weeks after achillies tendon surgery I feel great but once in a while I get pain pulsing in the tendon. Is that a sign of healing?

Post Achilles Surg: Depends on how long it lasts. If it is short-lived, you are probably stretching out the scar tissue, and that is fine. If it lasts for several days, you are over using the weakened tendon and I would analyze your rehab program. Dr rich blake. ...Read more

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Had achillies tendon surgery about 4 weeks ago. In a cast the whole time. Boot is next. Is this with or without crutches. Need life back.

Had achillies tendon surgery about 4 weeks ago. In a cast the whole time. Boot is next. Is this with or without crutches. Need life back.

Life: You may need your life back, but you need to be patient. That attitude will actually delay your healing or ruin the surgery necessitating another surgery all because you want to be active too soon. Follow your surgeon's instructions to the letter and you will be fine. ...Read more

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My stitches post debridement Achilles tendon surgery came apart, Is thst because something is poking through my incision?

My stitches post debridement Achilles tendon surgery came apart, Is thst because something is poking through my incision?

You need to get : In touch and see your surgeon. Do not play around. Wounds hat spread apart in the Achilles' tendon region potentially can be slow and poor healing wounds. ...Read more

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How long should you wait to fly from london to australia after having ruptured Achilles tendon surgery?

Depends: If you are in a cast and the ankle immobilized, flying carries a higher risk of developing a DVT (deep vein thrombosis or blood clot in the leg). If you are walking around than it should be fine. But ideally you should wait until your ankle is not immobilzed. ...Read more

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After rupture Achilles tendon surgery my fourth toe is black and blue, is that normal?

After rupture Achilles tendon surgery my fourth toe is black and blue, is that normal?

Can happen: Blood once it is out of a blood vessel just goes to the lowest point. (you pour water into an upright glass it goes to the bottom).
A rupture of the achilles tendon as well as the attendant surgery can causing bleeding. If you do not keep the foot higher than your heart or dangle it too much it follows the path of the least resistance and can end up in your toe(s). ...Read more

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How long should you wait to drink alcohol after a ruptured Achilles tendon surgery if not on meds?

How long should you wait to drink alcohol after a ruptured Achilles tendon surgery if not on meds?

A very long time.: We know that alcohol has negative effects on your cerebellum which is related to balance and coordination. And we also know that people who drink suffer falls. It would be a rare day that I would take a chance like that after needing surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon! ...Read more

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I am 14 weeks post-op left Achilles tendon surgery. I had tendonitis and heel bone spurs removed and reattachment. And i still have pain and swelling?

I am 14 weeks post-op left Achilles tendon surgery. I had tendonitis and heel bone spurs removed and reattachment. And i still have pain and swelling?

Up to 6 months: Achilles tendon surgery such as what you had can take up to six months to heel. Suggest MLS Laser treatments for the pain and swelling. Other treatments could include the use of a TENS unit, as I am sure you have had physical therapy. ...Read more

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How long is recovery from patellar tendon surgery?

Depends: There are several types of surgery that can be performed on the patellar tendon- arthroscopic, tendon repair, and tendon realignment to name a few. You will need to discuss specifically with your orthopaedic surgeon. Work with a physical therapist knowledgable about your case to help with your recovery. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your finger to heal after tendon surgery?

How long does it take for your finger to heal after tendon surgery?

Months: Tendons take roughly 3-4 weeks for the initial stages of healing, the swelling takes a few more weeks to subside and the rehab for finger motion at the joints may take several more weeks. It roughly takes months for recovery. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had flexor tendon surgery last week and my stiches are starting to look crusty and dis colored what does that mean?

I had flexor tendon surgery last week and my stiches are starting to look crusty and dis colored what does that mean?

Varies: There is some degree of drainage that can normally occur after surgery which can discolor the sutures and make them appear crusty. If you have concerns I would contact your surgeon and arrange a follow up appointment. ...Read more

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Tendon Surgery (Definition)

Tendons attach muscles to bone. So, depends if partial tear or calcification or tendinosis( previous tendinitis that has healed in irregular pattern with continued pain past point healing) really question for surgeon to explain what ...Read more


Achilles Tendon (Definition)

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