Sports Injuries

Posted by: Liezel | 2016/06/01


Diagnosed with a 2.1cm tear in my right achilles tendon - will it heal?

After 5 weeks of wearing a moonboot,doing no cardio or tipe of activity that can harm the tendon,it still hasn't started healing.The orthopaedic surgeon says im to hasty,that I need to be patient and wear the boot for another 6 weeks then he will re-asses. I still have a bit range of motion,but for instance i can only point my to half way and it hurts,same when I try to correct/lift my foot back.He also say that there is no such thing as a partial tear in the Achilles tendon and that he do not know what the doctors saw on the sonars but they are wrong(4 x Dr's). Is he right? Do I maybe need a second opinion? Please can you help with advice

Expert's Reply


Sports Injuries Expert
- 2016/06/19

Hi there,

If there is a partial tear, it will certainly heal, with a balance of correct immobilisation, unloading, and a very gradual but progressive return to movement, and sport specific loading. In this situation, there is a fine line between not moving the Achilles tendon too much, and putting too much load on it. This process can usually be guided by physiotherapists who specialise in this type of soft tissue injury. If the diagnosis is unsure, and you don't feel comfortable with the management or advice you have been given, then it's always recommended to get another opinion, or several, before proceeding on a fully informed treatment plan.

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