Surgery is often the best way to assure full recovery from a tendon tear and avoid future injuries. Achilles tendon recovery times can vary, but you should plan on several months before you can resume your normal activities.
Recovery time will include 6 to 12 weeks in a cast or surgical boot. At first, it will keep your foot pointed slightly downward so the tear can heal. Then it will gradually move your foot into a neutral position as healing continues.
Physical therapy may begin as soon as possible. It will include exercises to regain movement in the ankle joint, followed by those to strengthen the tendon and muscles. Part of the routine may include working on gait training to prevent further biomechanical problems that may weaken the tendon.
The better you follow the physical therapy regimen, the quicker you will regain use of your ankle, but it will likely take 4 to 6 months before you are in condition to participate in sports.
Our foot experts can guide you through every step of your recovery. Call Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates Orange City, FL, office at (386) 775-2281 or check our website for other locations near you.