When Achilles Tendon Surgery is Necessary

Tara Fussell
Dr. Tara Fussell provides expert foot and ankle care in both our Altamonte Springs and Orlando offices.

One of the great paradoxes when it comes to your physical health is that exercise is important to stay healthy, but doing so may put you at risk for injury. If you compare the benefits of leading an active lifestyle versus being sedentary, the benefits of exercise easily outweigh the injury risk! Exercising, even several times a week for just half an hour, can make a tremendous impact on your overall health and wellness. Pain in the Achilles tendon is never normal

If you sustain a foot or ankle injury while exercising, the majority of cases can be successfully resolved via nonsurgical means. Medication, rest, physical therapy, and custom orthotics are some treatment options our doctors may use. When these do not provide adequate relief, you may need a procedure like Achilles tendon surgery for optimal functionality and pain relief.

The Achilles tendon, in particular, is susceptible to injuries like:

  • Achilles tendinitis. This is a common overuse injury that can develop when the tendon is suddenly faced with excessive strain. It happens often to “weekend warriors” who engage in physical activities on infrequent occasions (like playing in a weekend recreational sports league, but being sedentary during the rest of the week).
  • Achilles tendinosis. Tendinosis is another fairly common injury. In this case, the tendon degenerates over time and becomes inflamed.
  • Achilles tendon rupture. When the Achilles tendon ruptures, it tears—either partially or completely—after being stretched beyond its intended range.

Whether or not conservative care or surgery will provide the desired results depends on several variables. We will consider factors like the severity and the nature of your injury. Another guiding factor as to whether or not we recommend surgery is your treatment goals. Many younger and more active, patients are more inclined to prefer surgical intervention.

 Our team is skilled, experienced, and ready to perform the surgical procedure you need. Of course, we hope to resolve any foot or ankle problem you are experiencing with the use of conservative care, but you can have peace of mind knowing your surgery is being performed by one of our leading surgeons.

Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida is staffed with an expert team of doctors who are ready to help restore your lower limbs back to health. Contact us online or by calling 407-339-7759 for more information. If you call from Lake County, dial 352-589-9550.

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