You may have seen a sporting event at which a player was escorted off the field on a stretcher. If the reason was a torn Achilles tendon, you now know how bad it can be. That athlete was most likely being taken to surgery to repair the tear, and he won’t be playing for months while it heals. If you’re active and begin to feel pain in the back of your ankle, visit Dr. Velimir Petkov in Clifton, New Jersey. Your podiatrist can begin a program of Achilles tendon rehabilitation before you get carted off on a stretcher in extreme pain. Call Premier Podiatry for an appointment, even on short notice.
The Achilles tendon is that strong band of tissue that connects your calf muscles to your heel. Typically, tendonitis occurs from overuse. Runners who suddenly increase the intensity of their runs are at particular risk of developing Achilles tendonitis. Middle-aged athletes who only work out on the weekends are another population who may be at risk of injuring the tendon.
Tendonitis, while painful and sometimes mobility-limiting, usually responds well to conservative lifestyle treatments and over-the-counter medication. Your northern New Jersey podiatrist at Premier Podiatry provides you with a set of exercises, stretches and other modification recommendations that help you heal your tendonitis.
But when the band of tissue doesn’t respond to these simple modifications or if your Achilles tendon ruptures, you may need more drastic intervention in the form of Achilles tendon surgery. When you’re at that stage, you want to rely on a highly trained and experienced podiatrist such as Dr. Velimir Petkov. He keeps you informed of your options and performs the tendon surgery properly so you can resume your normal exercise routine as soon as possible.
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Tendonitis becomes noticeable when you experience mild discomfort on the back of your leg above your ankles, especially after running or doing some other taxing physical activity. The area just behind your ankle becomes inflamed, and the pain may extend down to your aching heel. The ankle pain becomes more severe after climbing stairs or sprinting, but lessens with rest.
When the severe pain doesn’t subside, that’s a clue that you may have experienced a ruptured tendon. You need immediate medical care. If the tear is bad enough, you won’t be able to walk on that foot. Your podiatrist determines whether you must have Achilles tendon surgery or a long-term treatment protocol.
Dr. Petkov takes a full medical history, including how long your ankle and foot pain have bothered you. Then he examines your leg, ankle and foot. Armed with knowledge of your general health, your lifestyle and the level of damage to your Achilles tendon, Dr. Petkov makes a recommendation about the best treatment for your specific needs.
While Achilles tendon rupture surgery is an option, it’s rarely the first choice. Your podiatrist may recommend immobilization instead. Placing your ankle and lower leg in a cast, walking boot, brace or splint gives the tendon a chance to heal naturally. This treatment is often just as successful as tendon surgery, but you run the risk of rupturing the tendon again in the future without surgical intervention. Immobilization typically is recommended if you’re older and live a more sedentary lifestyle.
Dr. Petkov usually recommends Achilles tendon surgery if you’re healthy and active. If you have a job that requires you to stand, walk or rely on leg strength, tendon surgery typically is the best remedy to get you back to full strength. You may have to wait about a week for the swelling to subside before you’re able to undergo the procedure.
When surgery is advisable for your ruptured tendon, your doctor chooses between two different kinds. While both reattach the two broken pieces of the tendon, the approach of each is different. Depending on the severity of the tear, Dr. Petkov may suggest:
You can reduce the risks associated with tendon surgery by relying on the expertise of a podiatrist with extensive experience, such as Dr. Petkov. Your recovery success also is dependent on how long you waited to seek treatment and how closely you follow the post-surgical physical therapy instructions that may include:
Additionally, you have to wear a boot or other supportive devices for a period of time to allow the tendon time to fully reattach and heal. Your expectations should remain conservative — you won’t be running any marathons for a while. Complete recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon can take as long as six months.
Improve your odds of success. Contact Premier Podiatry at the first signs of a torn Achilles tendon. With the proper guidance, you may avoid surgery altogether. But if you do need it, the team in Clifton, New Jersey is qualified to take care of your Achilles tendon surgery and your recovery.Give Us A Call Today 973-315-5555