Comprehensive Achilles Tendon Rupture Treatment
The Achilles tendon in your lower leg connects the calf muscles to your heel. You use this strong, fibrous cord to walk, run and jump. It can withstand a lot of stress but can rupture (tear) if overstretched — such as when falling, twisting an ankle, or suddenly stopping or starting. Achilles tendon injuries, including Achilles tendinitis, are common in athletes and people who play recreational sports, but they can happen to anyone.
When you need expert care for an Achilles tendon injury, our orthopedic specialists offer trusted care. We develop a treatment plan to help you return to the activities you enjoy as soon as possible.
Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Rupture
The most common symptom of an Achilles tendon rupture is feeling a sudden pop in the back of your ankle, which you can sometimes hear. It can feel like something has hit your lower leg.
Other common symptoms include:
- Achilles tendon pain when you walk, particularly climbing stairs or walking uphill
- Inability to point the injured foot or stand on your toes
- Sudden, severe pain, swelling and bruising in the back of your ankle
If you notice these symptoms, call us right away. Without treatment, the tear can worsen, requiring more extensive treatment.
Achilles Tendon Rupture Treatments
Typically, it can take four to six months to heal after an Achilles tendon rupture. Treatments include:
- Achilles surgery to repair the tendon
- An ankle brace or walking cast to keep your ankle and foot stable and give your tendon time to heal
- Physical therapy to regain strength, movement and flexibility in your lower leg
- Stem cell treatment to enhance tendon healing
We often recommend Achilles surgery in active younger or middle-aged people. Surgery can allow people to regain full strength and function in the tendon. Whether you have surgery or not, physical therapy will be part of your treatment to rebuild strength and help prevent your tendon from tearing again. Our doctors will develop a treatment plan to give you the best possible results.
Expert Care for Achilles Tendon Ruptures
Our innovative treatments and minimally invasive approaches let you feel better and heal faster.
From diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation, our sports medicine team delivers expert care for a wide range of sports-related injuries.
You benefit from the advanced skills and expertise of specialists in orthopedic surgery, physical therapy and pain management.
We’re the official orthopedic medicine providers for USC athletes and the LA Kings hockey team, so you’ll get the same level of care as world-class athletes.