Achilles Tendon Repair - Non-Surgical Techniques

Dr. Alastair Younger, MB, Ch.B, M.Sc, Ch.M, F.R.C.S.(C), Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon, discusses non-surgical achilles tendon repairs.

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Dr. Alastair Younger, MB, Ch.B, M.Sc, Ch.M, F.R.C.S.(C), Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon, discusses non-surgical achilles tendon repairs.
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Featuring Dr. Alastair Younger, MB, Ch.B, M.Sc, Ch.M, F.R.C.S.(C), Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Duration: 1 minute, 36 seconds

People can rupture their tendons after playing a sport or if they have a fall. And some people are at risk of rupturing tendons because tendons all degenerate as we get older.

The common ones are broken around the ankle area is the Achilles tendon, which is the common one that everyone knows about, the heel cord. On occasion, people can rupture other tendons around the back of the foot. Some of them maintain your arch and some of them push your foot out to the side when your ankle becomes unstable.

The main ways to treat these ruptures is to start off with non-operative treatment, so a lot of the time after tendon rupture people are observed to see if we can get the tendon to heal. And it’s quite common now in particular for the Achilles tendon to try and see if the Achilles tendon will heal in a cast in a toes-down position.

But it’s important if that’s the case to make sure that you remain non-weight bearing according to the instructions of your physician.

These tendon ruptures can be complex. They’re much harder to fix later than earlier, and the results get worse in time because the muscles get de-conditioned and it’s harder to make them work if you leave it a long time. So if you think that your tendons are not working properly and something needs to be done about it, it may be a good idea to talk to your family doctor and see if you can be sent onto somebody who can look after that problem for you.

Presenter: Dr. Alastair Younger, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Orthopaedic Surgeon

Video Quiz ( 13 participated.)

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions True False  
1 The risks of having an Achilles tendon injury can increase with age as the tendon can degenerate over time with the aging process. 

 
2 Non-surgical repair of an Achilles tendon tear requires the patient to wear a cast and to adhere to no weight bearing restrictions. 

 
3 An Achilles tendon rupture is much easier to fix early on in the injury verses later on if left untreated.

 

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