ACHILLES TENDON SURGERY

The Achilles is the strongest tendon in the body with the ability to withstand 1,000 lb's of force. Though the strongest tendon, the Achilles tendon sometimes it becomes torn, damaged, or ruptured and surgical repair may be the recommended treatment. Dr. Sophia Solomon Performs both minimally-invasive Achilles tendon surgery and open methods depending on on your specific case.

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WHAT IS THE ACHILLES TENDON

The Achilles tendon is the largest and most powerful tendon in your body. This tendon serves to attach the plantaris, gastrocnemius, and soleus muscles to your heel bone. It is the strongest tendon in the human body that can withstand more than 1,000 pounds of force. It allows our body to perform things like jumping and sprinting. This tendon generates the force that is needed to push our foot down when we walk or run.

However, though the Achilles tendon is very strong, it can tear completely or partially if it is overstretched. This injury is common in people who are associated with recreational sports activities. Your NYC podiatrist Dr. Solomon can accurately diagnose your Achilles tendon issue and recommend an appropriate treatment. Information listed on this page is only meant to guide you and it is always recommended to visit a Foot and Ankle specialist or NYC podiatrist for proper diagnosis and evaluation.

CAUSES OF ACHILLES TENDONITIS AND TENDON TEARS

The most common causes of an Achilles tendon tear include high impact sports, falling or tripping, increasing your workout intensity too rapidly, etc. In some cases an full rupture of the Achilles tendon will occur and depending on you r age and activity level surgery may be recommended. Your NYC Achilles tendon doctor will thoroughly evaluate your ankle and determine the the cause of your injury and develop an appropriate treatment to get you back on your feet.

SYMPTOMS

 ACHILLES TENDONITIS - TEARS - RUPTURES

It is common to feel a pop in the back of your heel followed by pain and swelling after sustaining an Achilles tendon rupture. The most common symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis include pain and swelling in the back of your heel, pain that gets worse as you walk or run, cramping in the tendon, tenderness, etc. NYC Achilles tendon surgeon, Dr. Sophia Solomon, Can help diagnose and find a treatment plan that works for you.

CONSERVATIVE TREATMENT

  • R.I.C.E Method: Take rest, apply ice, Wrap an athletic tape around the tendon, and raise your foot above your chest level.

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises suggested by your podiatrist in New York City. You can also use special shoe inserts or orthotic footwear. It will help reduce pain.

  • Your heel pain doctor may also recommend non-invasive shockwave therapy to treat your Achilles tendinitis. It works by speeding up the healing process.

  • Depending on the extent of the injury, your podiatry surgeon may decide to perform Achilles tendon surgery. Please feel free to get in touch with us to learn more about the surgical repair of the Achilles tendon.

ACHILLES TENDON SURGERY

Dr. Sophia Solomon performs Achilles tendon surgery under general anesthesia. She will make a small incision on the back of your heel to repair your Achilles tendon. The procedure may involve removing a portion of the Achilles tendon or reinforcing it with a tendon or graft. It may also involve the removal of any bone spurs. Once the procedure is done, your podiatrist surgeon will re-attach the tendon to your heel bone and sew close the incision.You may experience some complications such as an infection or nerve damage during and after Achilles tendon surgery. Dr. Sophia Solomon will discuss all risks and benefits with you during your appointment. Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly if you want to know more about the Achilles tendon surgery procedure. We are always ready to take your call.

RECOVERY

After successful Achilles tendon surgery, you will be able to return to work and perform your regular activities. Dr. Sophia Solomon will prescribe an intensive rehabilitation program so you can get back to playing sports and doing other physical activities like walking and running quickly. Your rehab program will involve a gradual strengthening and conditioning of your Achilles tendon. You can expect to be able to resume normal activities within 4-6 months. Here are some ways you can prevent an Achilles tendon tear or rupture:

WHEN TO SEE A PODIATRIST

You should see a specialist Achilles tendon doctor in New York City immediately after you are injured. Dr. Sophia Solomon is a renowned NYC ankle pain doctor. She can perform a thorough examination and diagnosis of your heel pain and guide you in the right direction. She uses various tests to diagnose Achilles tendon pain. These include a clinical exam and imaging studies (Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography, and Lateral and axial calcaneus x-rays). Dr. Solomon will tell you whether Achilles tendon repair surgery is required.

Dr. Sophia Solomon is a top-rated podiatrist in New York City who offers the newest options to treat Achilles Tendinitis. Your podiatry doctor will first try to alleviate pain and other symptoms with conservative, non-surgical treatment procedures. You can rest assured that she will correct your deformity with minimal scarring and recovery time.

Achilles Tendinitis treatment options include conservative care and Achilles tendon surgery. Your NYC podiatrist will first design a conservative treatment plan to treat your Achilles tendon. However, you might require Achilles tendon surgery if conservative treatment fails to yield results. In such cases, your foot and ankle surgeon may allow you to return home for recovery the same day as the Achilles tendon surgery procedure.

RISKS OF SURGERY

There are risks of having foot surgery and of the use of anesthesia. Risks of Bunion surgery include but are not limited to pain, infection, swelling, bruising, numbness, bleeding, re-occurrence of deformity, delayed healing of bone or nonunion of bone, hallux varus, scarring, need for revisional surgery and blood clot.