Achilles tendon

To surgically repair a torn Achilles tendon, it’s necessary to make a 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, typically for six to 12 weeks. This is initially positioned to keep the foot pointing downward to aid the healing process, and is gradually adjusted so that the foot is in a neutral position. Some gentle post-surgery exercises can shorten the time needed for rehabilitation.