Tendon Ruptures Treatment 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, call Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Schaumburg, IL, so we can help you feel better. We are conveniently located at 1043 S Roselle Rd Schaumburg, IL 60193. We serve patients from Schaumburg IL, Streamwood IL, Roselle IL, Bartlet IL, and Itasca IL.
Whether you recently fell at work, accidentally stepped into a hole, or experienced an injury while playing soccer, tennis, or another sport that involves running, tendon ruptures can be a painful and frustrating injury to endure. Whatever the cause, our podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists would be more than happy to provide you with excellent treatment for any tendon rupture in or around your foot or ankle.
Can a ruptured tendon heal without surgery?
Although surgery is the standard treatment for a ruptured tendon, there are numerous situations where a ruptured tendon can heal without surgical repair. In fact, for some people, surgery is not a recommended option to treat a ruptured tendon in an individual’s foot or ankle, depending on the patient’s age and level of activity or exercise, whether they have any underlying medical conditions, such as neuropathy in the legs or diabetes, among other reasons. With that being said, surgery is often the recommended treatment for active and healthy individuals who rupture a tendon in their foot or ankle, as the risk of the tendon rupturing again is higher with non-surgical treatment options.
What is the treatment for a ruptured tendon?
The standard treatment options for a ruptured tendon in the foot or ankle are surgery or immobilization, followed by physical therapy to rehabilitate the tendon. Immobilization is typically offered to those who do not wish to undergo surgery or those for whom surgery is not recommended. In addition to surgery and immobilization, ruptured tendons are typically treated with over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief or anti-inflammatory medications, as well as the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
Concerning surgery for a ruptured tendon in the foot or ankle, it will be performed laparoscopically or via open surgery using either general or local anesthesia so that you will not feel anything. Laparoscopic surgeries are guided by a tiny camera placed inside the incision to minimize the procedure’s invasiveness and reduce infection risk. The surgeon will either stitch the tendon back together or perform a partial or complete replacement of the tendon using parts of a tendon from another part of the foot. The recovery period for ruptured tendon surgery is typically six to 12 weeks of wearing a cast or walking boot, followed by physical therapy to restore strength, flexibility, and range of motion to the foot or ankle.
If immobilization is pursued for a ruptured tendon, treatment will likely involve some form of cast or brace that keeps the foot or ankle in a flexed-down position for one to two months.
Can you walk with a ruptured tendon?
Depending on the severity of the ruptured tendon, you may still be able to walk. However, for moderate to severely ruptured tendons, it will likely be challenging to extremely difficult to walk. Furthermore, whether or not you can walk with a ruptured tendon, it is essential to rest and elevate the injury as much as possible to give it the time to heal.
Is a ruptured tendon an emergency?
A ruptured tendon is not necessarily an emergency, but it is an injury that requires urgent medical attention to prevent long-lasting damage to the foot or ankle. With that in mind, we recommend that you visit an urgent care clinic or emergency room to receive initial treatment for a ruptured tendon. If you can see a podiatrist for a same-day appointment, that is an even better option! Either way, it is a good idea to follow up with a podiatrist after initial ruptured tendon treatment. We welcome you to come to Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Schaumburg, Illinois, for ruptured tendon treatment! While we cannot guarantee a same-day appointment, please feel free to call us for our same-day availability.