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Achilles tendonitis surgery

​​​​​Achilles tendonitis is a painful condition that often comes with over use common to athletes.

Marshfield Clinic Orthopedic Surgeons diagnose the problem and suggest the best treatment.​

Understanding Achilles Tendon Repair Surgery

The Achilles tendon is a strong, fibrous cord in the back of your lower leg. It connects the muscles of your calf to your heel. It’s the largest tendon in your body. It helps you walk, run, and jump. Achilles tendon repair surgery is a type of surgery to fix a damaged Achilles tendon. The damage may be a tear or rupture from a sudden (acute) injury. Or the damage may be from overuse, or wear and tear, or from other conditions. This long-term (chronic) injury is also known as tendonitis or tendinopathy.

Why Achilles tendon repair surgery is done

The surgery is needed if you have damage from a tear or rupture from a sudden (acute) injury. Or the damage may be from overuse, wear and tear, or from other conditions. This long-term (chronic) injury is also known as tendonitis or tendinopathy.

How Achilles tendon repair surgery is done

An Achilles tendon repair is done by an orthopedic surgeon. This is a surgeon who treats bone, muscle, joint, and tendon problems. The surgery can be done in several ways. The surgeon will make a cut (incision) through the skin and muscle of in the back of your calf. If you have minimally invasive surgery, the surgeon will make several smaller incisions instead of one large one. Your surgeon will make an incision through the sheath or covering of the Achilles tendon.  If the tendon is damaged, the surgeon may remove the damaged part and repair the rest of it. If you have severe damage, the surgeon may use muscle or tendon from your calf, ankle, or foot for the repair.

Risks of Achilles tendon repair surgery

Every surgery has risks. Risks of Achilles tendon repair include:

  • Bleeding

  • Nerve damage

  • Infection

  • Blood clots

  • Wound healing problems

  • Calf weakness

  • Complications from anesthesia

  • Continued pain in your foot and ankle

Risks depend on factors such as your age, your overall health, and the type of surgery. They also depend on the shape of your foot, muscles, and tendons. Ask your healthcare provider which risks apply most to you. Talk with him or her about any concerns you have.

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How Much Do You Know About Foot Health?

Most people would agree that it's no small problem when their feet ache. Yet few other parts of the body are more neglected in terms of basic personal care. And major foot problems and chronic pain often go ignored. Learning about foot care can help you recognize when to see a healthcare provider for treatment.

1. You should inspect your feet regularly.
2. Trim your toenails to follow the curve of your toe.
3. For people who don't have circulation problems, it's safe to use over-the-counter remedies for foot ailments such as corns or warts.
4. Having a pedicure can treat foot problems.
5. You shouldn't wear the same pair of shoes for two or more days in a row.
6. High heels frequently cause foot problems in women.
7. Years of wearing narrow shoes that squeeze the toes together can cause bunions.