Achilles Tendon Rupture - Recovery

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What is the recovery time for an Achilles tendon rupture?

Once the cast is removed, the initial therapy is passive exercises to regain mobility in the ankle joint. After several weeks, more strenuous resistance exercises are incorporated. This is then followed by gait training exercises after about two to three months following the initial treatment. Return to routine activities usually occurs at four to six months. The recovery phase is dependent on the patient's motivation, desired activity levels, and the quality of the physical therapy program.

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Comment from: Donna S., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

My Achilles tendon tore while playing volleyball. I thought someone had stepped on the back of my shoe, everyone heard a pop and I was suddenly on the floor for seemingly no reason. When I tried to get up I knew something was wrong, it felt like I had nothing to hold my left foot up. Injury happened on March 16th and I had surgery on March 20th to repair it. I had a very large splint for the first two weeks, then a cast for another week, so was on crutches till April 9th and then finally a walking boot with several wedges. I weaned out of the wedges gradually and finally wore the boot for the last time on July 2nd. I did physical therapy for a while then used the therapy pool, which seemed to help a great deal. It is now September and I am back to walking on the treadmill and have been doing yard work, push mowing the lawn even while in my boot. Don't think you can't go on with normal activities, exercise will only help the strengthening process. I had my last checkup on August 12th and my doctor is very pleased with my progress, although he said no more volleyball; I guess 59 maybe pushing it. I don't wish this on anyone, but you can regain normal activity with proper care.

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Comment from: JR, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 14

I ruptured my left Achilles tendon in a freak accident at golf driving range. I didn't know what I had done. I actually went to Disney World and walked 5 to 10 miles every day on a ruptured Achilles the next week. I limped, but not much pain. I decided on non-surgery protocol after MRI, but waited 2 months before being put on cast. Again I didn't know what I had done. I was back to normal activities within 6 months. Now 3 years later back to 90 to 95 percent strength. Although most people told me to have surgery, I found a specialist that said the conservative treatment was an option and I am happy with my results.

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