Whether your doctor recommends surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon may depend partly on your age and activity level, foot experts say.

The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. A rupture is a complete or partial tear of the tendon that leaves the heel bone separated or partially separated from the knee.

Length of recovery from this type of injury varies depending on whether a patient undergoes surgical or nonsurgical treatment.

“Treatment processes are dependent upon a patient’s overall health, activity level and ability to follow a functional rehabilitation protocol,” said Dr. Jeffrey McAlister, a foot and ankle surgeon in Sun City West, Ariz. Advances in treating Achilles tendon rupture were discussed by McAlister and other specialists at a recent meeting of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, in Las Vegas.

Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C.,C.C.S.T’s insight:

Sports injuries, especially among running athletes, can often affect the lower extremities. Bone fractures and strains or sprains in the legs and feet can be the most common but when the Achilles tendon ruptures, treatment and recovery may vary per individual. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.

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