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Doctor insights on: Swelling After Achilles Tendon Surgery

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...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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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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My ankle is swelling again after a 9 month peroneal tendon surgery. It now swells everyday and is hurting, what else can alleviate my symptoms?

My ankle is swelling again after a 9 month peroneal tendon surgery. It now swells everyday and is hurting, what else can alleviate my symptoms?

Normal: With peroneal tendon repair, there is most likely suture and/or a graft that was used. It takes a long time for it to absorb or incorporate to your tissues--scar tissue can also cause pain/swelling for a while. I would expect swelling for a year or more. If the pain is very severe, there is always the chance that you have a recurrence (unlikely). Rest and take antinflammatory medication. ...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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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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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


Dr. Qamar Khan
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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