ACHILLES TENDON RUPTURE

Achilles Tendon Rupture Post-Op Rehabilitation Protocol:

  • This protocol provides you with general guidelines for rehabilitation after Achilles rupture repair.

  • Specific changes in the program will be made by your physician as appropriate for each individual patient.

  • Each individual heals at a different rate. It may take up to 12 months to make a full recovery, and it is not unusual to have intermittent aches and pains throughout the course of your rehabilitation.

Instructions For Patients:

  • Non-weightbearing in a short leg splint the first 2 weeks after surgery

    • There is a risk of re-rupture throughout the post-operative course and you should not attempt to put pressure on the operative site until you are cleared to do you by your surgeon

    • Sutures are typically removed at 2 weeks

  • You will be given a walking boot with heel wedges at your first postoperative visit

    • Depending upon the complexity of your surgery, you may transition into removable walking boot 2 weeks after surgery

    • Once you begin weightbearing in walking boot you will remove 1 heel wedge each week, this will be explained to you in detail at your first postoperative visit

  • Physical therapy will start at 2-4 weeks post op

  • You may begin driving at 8-12 weeks after surgery depending upon your progression

    • Note: It is illegal to drive while wearing a walking boot

  • Patients typically transition to regular shoe wear with heel lift between 6-10 weeks

  • At 12 weeks you can begin gentle higher impact activities

  • It may take up to 12 months to make a full recovery, and it is not unusual to have intermittent aches and pains throughout the course of your rehabilitation

  • Once you can perform a single heel rise or single leg hop, you may able return to sports and other high impact activities.  This may take between 6 months to 1 year depending upon the complexity of your fracture and your progression during rehabilitation

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