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If you have a
ruptured Achilles tendon, instead of having surgery you may use a cast, splint,
brace, walking boot, or other device that will keep your lower leg from moving
(immobilization). When immobilized over a period of months, the Achilles tendon
can slowly reattach and heal.
Immobilization is a wise treatment choice for some people, but not
for others. When deciding on treatment for an Achilles tendon rupture, consider
your level of activity, your need for leg strength at home or at work, and your
age and medical condition.
Think about the following when deciding whether surgery or
immobilization is best for you:
Immobilization is usually followed by a rehabilitation program,
which may include stretching, exercising, and
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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