Achilles Rupture Rehab: What to expect
An Achilles tendon rupture is a tear in the thick tendon that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. It is a common injury, especially among athletes, and can be very painful.
If you have ruptured your Achilles tendon, you will need to undergo rehabilitation to regain your strength and mobility. The rehabilitation process will take several months, and it can be a slow process depending on a number of factors.
In some cases, Achilles tendon ruptures can be treated without surgery. This is typically the case for people who are older, have other health conditions, or are not very active. The location of the tear is also an important factor which decides what treatment path to take.
Non-surgical rehabilitation typically involves the following:
- Resting your foot and ankle. You will need to wear a walking boot with some heel wedges for 12 weeks to allow your tendon to heal.
- Elevating your foot. This will help to reduce swelling and pain.
- Range-of-motion exercises. Once out of the boot, you will begin doing exercises to gradually increase the range of motion in your ankle.
- Strength-training exercises. Once you are out of the boot, you will begin doing exercises to strengthen your calf muscles.
If you have surgery to repair your Achilles tendon, you will need to wear a cast or walking boot for around 6 weeks. You will also need to do physical therapy to regain your strength and mobility. The rehabilitation process after surgery is similar to the non-surgical approach, but it usually means you can come out of the boot and start the rehab quicker.
The recovery time for an Achilles tendon rupture varies from person to person. It may take 6-12 months to regain full strength and mobility. However, most people who undergo rehabilitation are able to return to their previous level of activity.
Tips for a Successful Recovery
Here are some tips for a successful recovery from an Achilles tendon rupture:
- Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. This is the most important thing you can do to ensure a successful recovery – STAY IN THE BOOT!.
- Be patient. It takes time to heal from an Achilles tendon rupture. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results immediately.
- Stay active – Your achilles is injured, the rest of you isn’t. There are many options to keep active during this time – this is where your physiotherapist comes in.
If you have any questions or concerns about Achilles tendon rupture rehabilitation, reach out to us here at Befit Training Physio to help you achieve your goals.