Achilles Tenonitis Surgery

Peter Wishnie, D.P.M.
Owner of Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Piscataway & Hillsborough, NJ

Achilles tendonitis surgery can be used to treat or correct a problem with the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body. You use this tendon probably everyday. When you're running, jumping, walking, you're using your Achilles tendon. This tendon can easliy suffer from an injury or overuse.

Achilles tendonitis surgery is used correct problems cannot be corrected with more conservative treatments. Other options include Shock Wave Therapy, orthotics, laser technology, and cryotherapy. Be sure to have your Achilles tendon evaluated thoroughly before having surgery.

After surgery, a cast or walking boot is usually worn for six to 12 weeks. At first, the cast or boot is positioned to keep the foot pointed downward as the tendon heals. The cast or boot is then adjusted gradually to put the foot in a neutral position (not pointing up or down).

Specific gentle exercises (restricted motion) after surgery can shorten the time needed in rehabilitation.