Tendon Ruptures Specialist Questions and Answers
Tiny tears in the tissue around the tendon occur with overuse. The weakened, degenerative tendon sets the stage for the possibility of a tendon rupture. If you have experienced a tendon rupture, Visit Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialist for treatment. For more information call us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Elgin IL, Huntley IL, Montclare IL, Schaumburg IL, Streamwood IL, Gilberts IL and Bloomingdale IL.
A ruptured tendon is when the tendon separates wholly or partially from the tissue it is attached to, or is torn or divided. The most common cause of a ruptured tendon is direct trauma that causes it to exceed its stress limit, resulting in a twist, tear or pop. While most tendon ruptures heal on their own, depending on the severity, it may require surgery.
Can a ruptured tendon heal without surgery?
Ruptured tendons can heal on their own without the need of invasive surgery. Treatments such as a brace or cast, physical therapy and cortisone injections are all popular non-surgical treatments for ruptured tendons. In severe cases, surgery may be required to restore function and range of motion.
More than 90% of tendon injuries are chronic in nature, and the majority of these rupture symptoms go away without surgery. In contrast, acute rupture, as occurs with trauma, depending on the severity of the tear, may or may not be repaired surgically.
How do you fix a ruptured tendon?
Most tendon repair operations include the following steps:
- In order to examine the tendon and look for injuries, the surgeon will make at least one cut through the skin in the area above the injured tendon.
- They will remove any damaged tendon tissue.
- They will carefully sew back together any torn ends of the tendon.
- Once this is complete, with the use of medical stitches, the surgeon will sew the cut skin back together.
- The wound will be stitched and covered with fresh medical dressings.
- While the tendon heals, a splint or similar dressing can reduce tension. The repair will fail and re-tear if there is too much tension on the tendon.
- If the tendon is too short for the surgeon to sew it back together, the surgeon will graft an extra piece of tendon between the ends to connect them. The healthy tendon tissue for the graft is normally taken from another area of the person’s body.
A person may require a tendon transfer. A tendon transfer involves the removal of a tendon that is close to the severed tendon and, to restore function, sewing it into the place of the broken tendon. Tendons are typically taken from areas of the body where there are two tendons but can manage with just one.
What type of doctor specializes in tendons?
Orthopedists treat issues affecting the musculoskeletal system, such as the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. However, different types of doctors also specialize in tendons, depending on which area of the body is affected. For example, podiatrists specialize in treating tendons of the feet and ankle and would be more qualified than an orthopedist in this region.
Do I need to go to an Emergency or a Podiatrist for a Tendon Rupture?
If you have ruptured your tendon, a podiatrist is the best expert to see. However, as this is a time-sensitive matter, if you cannot see a podiatrist on the same day, emergency care may be required. If the following symptoms are experienced alongside a tendon rupture, seek medical attention right away:
- Red streaks on toes, foot or ankle associated with pain or swelling
- Sudden numbness in toes, feet or ankles
- Cuts, burns, wounds, or other injuries of the toes, feet or ankles
- Trauma causing acute pain or swelling
- Severe, sudden pain and/or swelling in feet, ankles or toes without obvious cause
If you or someone you know has ruptured their tendon, come to Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists for treatment today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating ruptured tendons and can help you walk easily. For more information on our tendon rupture treatments, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our tendon rupture specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.