Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Expert Forum
partial achilles tendon tear
About This Forum:

Questions in the Orthopedics & Sports Medicine forum are answered by Michael L. Gross, MD the CEO of Active Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

partial achilles tendon tear

I have just been informed that my MRI confirmed that I have a partial tear in my achilles tendon.  I have been having serious pain for the past three months.  I have an appointment with an orthopedic in the next couple to discuss my options.  I'm leaning towards surgery myself due to  the fact that there is a large bone spur near where all of my pain is.  Is surgery the best option and what type of rehab am I looking at?  I was supposed to have surgery on the same achilles for the same thing about four years ago.
Related Discussions
700223_tn?1318169294
Partial achilles tendon tears or chronic tendonosis can be very challenging. Depending on the severity of the problem, rest, physical therapy, and non-steroidal antifalmmatories can be very effective.  Corticosteroid injections are used, but are controversial. Other modalities such as shock wave therapy have also been effective.  Recent studies have reported 80 to 85% success rate with injections of platelet rich plasma (PRP).  Again, the success of any of these treatment modalities depends on the severity and chronicity of the problem.
When surgery is necessary, there is a spectrum of procedures that may be attempted.  The range from simple debridement (cleaning and removing damaged tissue), to detachment of the tendon fromthe calcaneus and reattachment with anchors and sutures.  Recovery from this procedure can take as long as a year.
I would recommend evaluation with an orthopedist who specializes in foot and ankle.
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
469720_tn?1388149949
Blank
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm-treatable... Blank
Oct 04 by Lee Kirksey, MDBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank