New York City Ankle & Foot
Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Jackson Heights, NY & Woodside, Queens, NY
If you rupture or tear your Achilles tendon, you’re probably a candidate for an Achilles tendon repair. Without proper treatment, you risk immobility and more serious complications. At New York City Ankle & Foot in Jackson Heights and Woodside, Queens, board-certified podiatrists Shweta Raina, DPM, and Rolando Melendez, DPM, proudly offer Achilles tendon repair surgery using safe, effective means. To request your consultation today, call the office nearest you or use the online scheduling tool.
Achilles Tendon Repair Q & A
What is Achilles tendon repair?
Achilles tendon repair, or Achilles tendon repair surgery, is a type of orthopedic surgery designed to repair a torn or ruptured Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is a fibrous cord of tissue that connects your calf muscles to your heels. It’s the largest tendon in your body and assists you in running, walking, and jumping.
Though your Achilles tendons are tough, they aren’t invincible. They may tear or rupture during athletic activity or as a result of a degenerative condition such as tendinopathy. If you regularly experience pain at the back of your heel, don’t wait to seek treatment; request a consultation with the caring providers at New York City Ankle & Foot today.
Why would I need Achilles tendon repair surgery?
You might need Achilles tendon repair surgery if you tear or rupture one or both of your Achilles tendons. You might also benefit from Achilles tendon repair surgery if you have a chronic condition such as diabetes. Left unmanaged, diabetes can cause permanent nerve damage, known as neuropathy in your legs.
At New York City Ankle & Foot, the team also performs Achilles tendon repair surgery to relieve pain caused by tendinopathy. Tendinopathy is a common disorder that causes your tendons to become swollen and irritated.
Am I a good candidate for Achilles tendon repair?
To determine if you’re a good candidate for Achilles tendon repair, make an appointment at New York City Ankle & Foot. Following a review of your medical history, discussion of your goals for treatment, and physical exam, your provider can make recommendations that align with your individual needs.
Whenever possible, the team uses conservative measures to ease pain caused by torn or ruptured Achilles tendons. If your symptoms persist or get worse, though, surgical intervention may be necessary.
What happens during Achilles tendon repair?
The providers at New York City Ankle & Foot usually perform Achilles tendon repair as an outpatient procedure. Prior to treatment, your surgeon administers spinal anesthesia, ensuring you feel no pain or discomfort from the waist down. You’re also given a general sedative to help you sleep.
Once the anesthesia kicks in, your surgeon makes a small incision in your calf muscle and sticks an arthroscope––a skinny tube with a camera on the end––through it. Next, your surgeon makes an incision in the sheath that surrounds your tendon and carefully removes the damaged or decaying portions.
After removing your damaged tendon, your surgeon makes a series of repairs and sews your incision back up. Your surgeon provides you with a list of recovery instructions, and a friend or family member drives you home.
Don’t let Achilles tendon related pain negatively affect your quality of life. If you’re interested in learning more about Achilles tendon repair, make an appointment today by calling the office nearest you or using the online booking tool.
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