About the program:
This program is aimed at patients with a sutured Achilles tendon.
You may start the program immediately after being discharged.
The goal of the program is to prevent muscle atrophy, restore motion in the ankle joint, and prevent bad compensatory habits.
For a full and timely recovery, it is necessary to perform the exercises daily.
What the program contains:
- The program contains video playlists.
- A new playlist is loaded every day.
- The videos combine a detailed description of the exercise with a visual demonstration of how to correctly perform it.
- The exercises gradually progress in difficulty.
40 days of rehabilitation
42 different exercises
523 videos total
Necessary equipment: foam roller
All rehabilitation exercises are only to be performed until you feel a stretch up to a mild discomfort. Under no circumstances should you cause yourself any pain. If you feel any pain, please take a short break and resume exercising at a reduced strain level. Overexertion will slow down the recovery process!
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The Achilles tendon is the strongest and thickest tendon in the human body.
It is the tendon of the triceps muscle of the calf (musculus triceps surae). This muscle is responsible for plantar flexion (moving the balls of your feet down, e.g. to stand on your tiptoes).
Achilles tendon injuries are fairly common – around 32% of all large tendon ruptures.
Men are most commonly affected (87%), typically between the ages of 30 and 50. 59% of cases are sports related. 82% of them involve closed tears. Risk factors include taking quinolones or corticosteroids.
The lesion may be at any of the following locations: along the tendon itself; around the point where the tendon meets the muscle; or at the insertion point at the back of the heel bone (the tuber calcanei).
The injury mechanism of the tear is as follows: while the foot is in dorsiflexion, additional upward force is applied to it.
Patients complain of acute pain that comes suddenly, just above the heel. Redness and swelling can be identified around the tear, and the tear line can be felt. The patient is unable to stand on their toes, run, or go up stairs. The Simmonds-Thompson test is positive: squeezing the calf does not produce plantar flexion; there is a noticeable contrast to the tendon in the other, healthy leg.
Ultrasonography is a diagnostic imaging technique that can show the thickness of the tendon, as well as the nature and location of the tear. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be used to distinguish between partial tears and Achilles tendon degeneration. X-ray radiography may also be employed to determine an indirect tear of the tendon.
Treatment can both be conservative or operative, depending on the case. Conservative treatment requires immobilization in a cast, with the foot in slight plantar flexion, for 8 to 10 weeks. It is applied to cases of partial tearing.
Operative treatment involves suturing the tendon back together.