Achilles Tendon Injuries

Posted by Signature Medical Group on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 in Orthopedics

One of the most dreaded injuries for an athlete is a torn Achilles tendon. Just ask Eric Berry.

The season-ending injury to the All-Pro safety put a damper on the Kansas City Chiefs' 42-27 upset over the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Sept. 7 in the NFL opener.

You don't have to be a famous athlete to suffer a torn Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscle to the heel bone.

Even casual athletes are susceptible to a torn tendon or to Achilles tendinitis, whose symptoms are less severe but still include heel pain and tenderness.

At Signature Medical Group, you can trust our knowledgeable orthopedic and sports medicine experts to treat your Achilles injury. Several non-surgical treatment options include:

  • RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation
  • Stretching or physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Immobilization for severe cases

But if your tendon is torn or ruptured, surgery may be recommended. There are a few methods for repairing an Achilles tendon rupture, but all surgical methods include suturing both ends of the Achilles tendon back together. The appropriate technique can be determined by your Signature Medical Group surgeon.

If you have more questions, we'll be glad to help. Make an appointment today.