Do you have a partial tear in your Achilles tendon? If so, you're probably dealing with pain, discomfort, and lack of mobility. Your Achilles tendon attaches your calf muscle to your foot. It's critical in the use of your foot and basic functions like walking. A ruptured or torn Achilles, even if only partially torn, can make it nearly impossible to move, let alone perform anything athletic.
One treatment option is surgery. Achilles surgery is highly effective, with most people regaining full use of their Achilles as if it was never torn in the first place. However, Achilles surgery can also be costly, and painful, and it can have a long recovery. You could be on crutches for weeks and then in a boot for months. You also may have to pay a deductible or copay of thousands of dollars for the surgery.
Fortunately, there are non-surgical options available. If your Achilles is fully torn, you will likely need surgery. However, for a partial tear, you may be able to treat it without surgery. Below are three effective ways to treat a partial Achilles tear:
Rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
One of the most effective forms of treatment for any mild tendon tear is the RICE method of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. The resting part is simple. Just stay off your feet as much as possible. Ice can help reduce swelling, which is an important part of the healing process. Compression can be achieved through a boot or a wrap. And finally, elevate your foot as much as possible to reduce blood flow and swelling.
This is an outpatient procedure that can accelerate the healing process. Your doctor takes a small amount of blood from your arm. They then use a device to separate the platelets from the blood and then inject the platelets directly into your Achilles. This injection helps with inflammation and aids your Achilles in healing faster.
For a few days after the injection, you may feel soreness in your Achilles. Your doctor may want you to wear a boot and follow the RICE method. You will need to stay off your feet for a period of time, but it will be much shorter than if you had surgery.
Physical therapy can be a highly effective treatment for Achilles tears. It's usually done after surgery, but you don't have to have surgery to go to physical therapy. Once the swelling has gone down, you may want to visit a physical therapist. They will put you through a series of stretches and exercises to gradually build up strength in your Achilles and generate new tendon tissue. Eventually, you will move up to weight-bearing exercises and activities that mimic functional activities like walking and running.
Physical therapy can be a long process depending on the severity of your tear. However, it can be a great way to regain strength and functional use without surgery.
For more information, contact a physical therapy center in your area such as Excel Physical Therapy and Wellness. They can examine your ankle and help you decide if that's a good route for you to recover from your tear.