Having Achilles tendon surgery is not something many people actually look forward to, but it’s only the first step in a process. Once the surgery is over, there’s still a recovery period to consider.
Once a ruptured Achilles tendon is repaired, most patients will be placed in a walking boot or cast. This first keeps the toes pointed downward, providing a good position for the Achilles tendon to heal. Second, it helps prevent weight from being borne on the foot, preventing delays in healing and re-injury. Both of these functions are crucial to proper recovery.
The boot or cast is typically worn for 6-12 weeks, and will gradually be adjusted to return the foot to a more standard position. Different items can be used to help move during this period without placing weight on the tendon, including crutches and knee scooters.
We won’t lie. This can be a frustrating time, especially if you can’t wait to get back in full motion again. Trying to set out too soon before a full recovery, though, can have long-lasting effects on the overall strength and condition of your Achilles tendon. Try to remain positive, have supportive, helpful people around you, and take this time to pursue hobbies that can keep your interest without putting weight on your foot.
After a certain point in the recovery process, physical therapy will begin. This will help gradually rebuild strength and conditioning in the injured area. Once again, it is important to follow directions and a set schedule to prevent pushing the tendon too hard too quickly.
Not every recovery from an Achilles tendon surgery is the same. If you have questions regarding post-operative care, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Family Foot Care & Surgery. You can reach either of our offices by calling (203) 288-4055 for Hamden or (203) 876-7736 for Milford.