When the unthinkable happens to the strongest tendon in your body
When an injury involves the tearing of the Achilles tendon, like what happened to Kobe Bryant on April 12th, it is a traumatic event. The Lakers basketball player ruptured his Achilles tendon in a game against the Golden State Warriors. The Achilles tendon is the strongest and thickest tendon in your body and facilitates the ability to walk, run, jump and change direction. Unfortunately, although it is designed to withstand a great amount of stress, it is the most commonly ruptured or torn tendon in the body.
Foot and ankle specialists Drs. Bruce Theall and Sam Adegboyega know well the implications that come with a torn Achilles tendon. When patients come into his East Orange, NJ podiatric office complaining of extreme pain after hearing a pop or a feeling as though they have been kicked in the heel, a torn Achilles is usually the culprit. While some conservative measures may rehabilitate the injury, surgery is often necessary.
What is involved with Achilles tendon surgery?
Surgery is a common treatment option for a torn Achilles tendon and is fairly straightforward. Bryant underwent his surgery last Saturday. The procedure involves making an incision in the back of the lower leg and stitching the ends of the torn tendon together. Surgery is often suggested soon after the injury to avoid scar tissue from forming that could complicate the procedure.
What is the recovery after Achilles tendon surgery?
For any patient requiring surgery, Drs. Theall & Adegboyega provide individualized care from the beginning to the final stages of rehabilitation. They will provide you with a walking boot that will need to be used for the first 4-6 weeks after surgery to protect the Achilles and limit mobility. You will be given rehabilitation guidelines, physical therapy and strengthening exercises. Most patients who follow the appropriate post-operative care are able to return to their desired level of activity within around 6 months. Kobe is looking at 6-9 months to fully recover and get back in the game.
Please contact us today at Gentle Touch Foot Care if you have any questions about Achilles surgery. If you have sustained an injury, do not wait to get help. We can diagnose the cause of your pain and start the right treatment immediately. Make an appointment by calling (973) 673-FOOT or visit us online.