Achilles tendon

Surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon involves making an incision or cut in the back of the leg above the heel to access the torn tendon. The tendon is then sewn back together. After surgery, a cast is usually worn for six to 12 weeks.

At first, the cast is positioned to keep the foot pointed downward as the tendon heals. It is then adjusted gradually to put the foot in a neutral position (not pointing up or down). Specific gentle exercises after surgery can shorten the time needed in rehabilitation.