How is an Achilles Tendon Rupture Diagnosed?
An accurate diagnosis will be obtained thorough medical review and physical examination by Dr. Yau. During the examination, he will feel for a tendon defect that represents a tear within the tendon. He will also evaluate range of motion and strength in the injured ankle to the uninjured ankle. Dr. Yau may obtain x-rays, ultrasound or MRI scan to assess and confirm the diagnosis.
What is the Treatment for an Achilles Tendon Rupture?
Patients with partial tendon tears, non-retracted tears and those with medical conditions that make them high risk for surgery will be prescribed conservative treatment. Non-surgical treatment involves protecting the tear in a cast, walking boot or brace to restrict motion while the tendon heals. Physical therapy will be prescribed to restore strength and motion to the ankle during the healing process.
Achilles surgical repair is the best treatment option for acute Achilles rupture in most young active individuals. Surgery decreases the risk of re-rupture and can lead to quicker recovery. The surgical procedure generally involves Dr. Yau making an incision in the back of the lower leg in order to suture the torn tendon back together.
For more resources on the calcaneal tendon, or to determine the appropriate treatment for an Achilles tendon rupture, please contact Dr. Jervis Yau, orthopedic ankle specialist in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California area.