Treatment of Achilles tendon rupture in Dnipro

The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the human body, and its functions are to transmit force from the muscle and create movement of the foot. An Achilles tendon rupture is a serious injury in which the tendon that connects the muscle to the heel is torn or partially destroyed.

When an Achilles tendon ruptures, a person may feel a sharp impact or pop in the heel area, perhaps even a tearing sound. If an Achilles injury occurs, treatment cannot be delayed. Improper treatment of the Achilles tendon can lead to serious consequences and complications.

Symptoms and signs of Achilles tendon rupture

Symptoms and signs of an Achilles tendon rupture are:

  • acute or severe pain in the heel or calf area that occurs at the time of injury,
  • a characteristic tearing or popping sound in the heel area,
  • swelling and bruising around the heel and calf,
  • difficulty or inability to stand on your toes, push off with your foot, or bring your foot to the ankle joint,
  • decreased or complete loss of leg strength and functionality,
  • the appearance of a pit or thickening in the area of the tendon rupture,
  • feeling of instability or incorrect position of the foot,
  • restriction of movements in the ankle joint.

If you suspect an Achilles tendon rupture, it is important to see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Any continued activity with such damage can aggravate the condition and lead to serious complications.

The causes of Achilles tendon rupture

Damage to the Achilles tendon occurs as a result of:

  • injuries, for example, due to a sharp contraction of the calf muscle or a direct blow to the heel,
  • sports injury due to insufficient training or muscle strain, especially in sports that require sudden movements and jumps,
  • gradual wear and degeneration of the Achilles tendon, especially in older people,
  • wearing ill-fitting or worn-out shoes,
  • re-injury,
  • congenital anomalies of the Achilles tendon structure.

The methods for diagnosing Achilles rupture at N1 Clinic in Dnipro

At N1 Clinic, the doctor will conduct an external examination and evaluate symptoms such as swelling, bruising, pain on palpation, and inability to stand on your toes. The doctor uses the ultrasound results to evaluate the condition of the Achilles tendon and determine the presence of a tear, its size, and the nature of the damage.

If necessary, an MRI is prescribed to see the tissue structure in more detail. X-rays are used to rule out heel fractures, which can occur when the Achilles tendon ruptures.

After a complete diagnosis, the doctor will be able to make an accurate diagnosis. If the Achilles tendon is damaged, treatment is selected individually depending on the complexity of the injury.

The treatment methods for Achilles injury at N1 Clinic

Our clinic offers a variety of approaches if you need treatment for an Achilles tendon rupture.

Conservative treatment includes:

  • wearing a special bandage or plaster cast to fix and protect the torn tendon,
  • the use of anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve pain and inflammation,
  • physiotherapy, including exercises to restore the function of the Achilles tendon and surrounding muscles,
  • massage and therapeutic procedures to improve blood circulation and speed up the healing process.

A complete rupture of the Achilles tendon may require Achilles surgery. Sometimes it is prescribed in case of partial rupture or other complications.

If surgery on the Achilles tendon is prescribed, the price depends on the complexity of the case and the amount of intervention required. The surgeon will tell you about the cost and how the necessary operation is performed.

How is Achilles tendon surgery performed at N1 Clinic

Achilles tendon surgery can be performed using a variety of techniques depending on the specific situation and needs of the patient. Typically, the surgeon makes a small incision on the back of the leg in the area of the Achilles tendon. In the case of a partial tendon rupture, the doctor can partially remove the damaged tissue and connect the healthy areas. When a tendon is completely torn, the surgeon reconstructs it using special materials or using other tendons. After the surgery is completed, the wound is usually sutured and a bandage applied.

The surgery lasts up to 1 hour.

The period and process of rehabilitation after surgery

After surgery, a plaster cast is applied to protect the tendon and ensure proper alignment of the foot. The cast must be worn for up to 6 weeks, during which the patient walks on crutches. It is recommended to avoid putting the load on the leg and tendon for a certain period.

The doctor will also prescribe a course of physical therapy that will help restore the strength and flexibility of the leg muscles and improve blood circulation. The load on the leg and tendon increases gradually under the supervision of a specialist.

Follow your doctor’s recommendations and remember to have regular follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery progress.

The advantages of Achilles tendon treatment at N1 Clinic in Dnipro

If you have an Achilles tendon rupture, treatment at N1 clinic includes:

  • orthopedic doctors with more than 20 years of experience in Achilles surgeries,
  • a compliance with international treatment protocols,
  • usage of modern equipment,
  • an organization of the early stage of rehabilitation after surgery,
  • an individual approach to choosing a treatment plan for each patient,
  • a guarantee for the operation performed if the doctor’s recommendations are followed.

Call us to make an appointment with an orthopedic doctor to receive qualified assistance and effective specialist recommendations. We also have a 24-hour trauma center if you have an Achilles tendon injury and need immediate help.