The Achilles tendon connects the heel bone (calcaneus) to the calf muscle (gastrocnemius) and may rupture due to trauma/exertion or degenerative changes. Surgery to repair the tendon and restore function may be recommended.
There are a few methods for repairing an Achilles tendon rupture, but all surgical methods include suturing both ends of the Achilles tendon back together. The appropriate technique can be determined by your surgeon.
After surgery, a period of immobilization will be necessary (splint and cast), no weight may be placed on the leg. Crutches, a walker, knee scooter, or wheelchair may be used to assist with mobility. It is also strongly encouraged for the operated leg be elevated above heart level to decrease swelling and pain. After the immobilization period, weight bearing will be allowed and physical therapy may be recommended.