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Visit High Mountain Orthopedics For Ruptured Achilles Tendon Treatment
If a ruptured Achilles tendon is causing you pain and limiting the mobility of your foot and ankle, High Mountain Orthopedics offers ruptured Achilles tendon treatment. This type of treatment focuses on easing your pain while aiding your speedy recovery. One of our board-certified physicians will thoroughly assess your condition before helping you choose the treatment plan that’s best for your ankle. For some patients, surgery is the best option available, while others may have conditions that respond to nonsurgical alternatives.
At High Mountain Orthopedics, ankle arthroscopy is used to reduce pain for patients and to provide procedures that allow for faster healing. The ways we use arthroscopy include:
- Examining the affected ankle: A small camera is inserted into the patient’s ankle joint.
- Diagnosing the issues causing pain: With a clear view of the affected area, the doctor can then determine what is wrong and which techniques can most effectively treat it.
- Treating the ankle: When an arthroscopic procedure is used to repair damage to an ankle that doesn’t respond to nonsurgical treatment, the recovery time and pain are usually reduced for the patient compared to that of a patient undergoing open surgery.
When Ruptured Achilles Tendon Treatment Is Needed
While a thorough examination and evaluation from a doctor are the only sure ways to know if you need Achilles tendon treatment, there are some indicators that are common among patients and include some of the situations below.
- Mild or severe pain near your heel.
- Mild or severe swelling close to your heel.
- Your foot isn’t able to bend downward.
- You can’t push off with your leg even for low-impact activities like walking.
- Standing on your toes is not possible.
- You heard your ankle pop or snap when the pain began.
- If your injury is severe enough that it makes you unable to walk, Achilles tendon repair surgery may be required to restore your ability to push off.
- If pain or the limited range of motion caused by the damaged tendon make you avoid doing things you enjoy.
Call Us Today To Arrange An Appointment
We have several New Jersey offices to conveniently meet your orthopedic care needs. To schedule an appointment with one of our fellowship trained doctors, call our office at (973) 595-7779 during regular business hours. Our physical therapy office can be reached by calling (973) 321-1790. Our contact form is also available any time, so you can submit your contact information and questions at your convenience and someone will get back to you with a response as quickly as possible.
What is an Ankle Sprain?
An ankle sprain is a tearing of one’s ankle ligaments. Ankle sprains most commonly occur on the outside portion of the ankle. Ankle sprains are extremely common injuries that affect many people while performing a wide range of activities. Although an ankle sprain may occur simultaneously with an ankle fracture, they most frequently occur in isolation.
You might have an Ankle Sprain if…
- You experience pain immediately after ‘twisting’ your ankle
- You experience varying forms of bruising under the skin
- You are unable, in the event of a more severe sprain, to place weight on your foot
What is an Achilles Rupture?
An achilles rupture is a condition that injures the back of the lower leg. Achilles ruptures frequently occur in people who play recreational sports. An overstretch of the achilles tendon, can lead to either a partial or complete tear. Although surgery is often the best option to repair an achilles rupture, non surgical treatments can be equally viable and effective.
You might have an Achilles Rupture if…
- You have pain (sometimes severe) and/or swelling near your heel
- You are unable to bend your foot downward or ‘push off’ your injured leg while walking
- You are unable to stand on the toes of your affected leg
- You hear a popping and/or snapping sound during the onset of the injury
When an injury or unidentified source of ankle pain sweeps you off your feet, you may need the diagnostic and treatment power of ankle arthroscopy. The team at High Mountain Orthopedics is using this procedure to help patients heal, regaining their health and mobility in the process.
What Is Ankle Arthroscopy?
Ankle arthroscopy is a type of minimally invasive surgery that utilizes a tiny fiber-optic camera to examine and fix the ankle without making larger, more noticeable cuts. This approach is regarded as being effective with the added bonuses of inflicting less pain and offering a quicker, more comfortable recovery.
Arthroscopy also helps doctors gain direct visualization of the internal mechanics of the ankle, leading to a deeper understanding of root issues that may not be accurately represented or caught at all on imaging scans such as an X-ray or MRI.
Reasons For Having Ankle Arthroscopy
Ankle arthroscopy can be used to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Torn cartilage
- Bone chips
- Ligament damage
- Synovitis or swelling of the ankle joint
- Severely sprained ankles
- “Athlete’s ankle,” also known as anterior or anterolateral ankle impingement
- Posterior ankle impingement
- Ankle fractures
Your doctor also may choose to schedule ankle arthroscopy as an investigative tool to get a closer look at the ankle and identify what may be causing your pain and mobility issues.
What To Expect During And After Your Procedure
The procedure itself is done in a hospital or other approved surgical setting. You’ll likely be put under using general anesthesia so you won’t be awake for your surgery or remember it later. Some surgeons choose regional anesthesia, which will put you in a sort of twilight sleep; in that case, you’ll also be given local anesthetic to numb your ankle and the surrounding area.
The length and nature of your recovery depends on the condition being treated and how complex the procedure itself ultimately was. Generally, patients report some pain and swelling, with limited weight-bearing for as long as two months. You can help your recovery by strictly following your doctor’s orders, including any or all of the following routine recommendations:
- Take oral pain medication and anti-inflammatories as directed.
- Elevate your leg using pillows to keep the joint above your heart.
- Use ice to help minimize pain and swelling, using a covered ice pack for 10 to 20 minutes once every one to two hours.
- Leave dressings in place until your follow-up visit with your doctor or as otherwise instructed.
- Rest when you need it to allow your body time to relax and focus on repairing the injured tissue.
- Once you’re allowed to walk, take your time building up to longer stretches so you don’t strain your ankle.
- Attend physical therapy or do home exercises according to your doctor’s instructions.
- Eat a healthy diet and stay hydrated.
About High Mountain Orthopedics
In addition to ankle arthroscopy, High Mountain Orthopedics specializes in a wide range of orthopedic treatments and procedures treating the foot and ankle; spine, neck and back; hand and wrist; elbow; shoulder; knee; and hip. We also offer on-site physical therapy to help patients work on function and form, using a variety of innovative and time-tested modalities to achieve optimal results.
Our board-certified, highly trained doctors have extensive experience in fields ranging from orthopedic surgery to sports medicine to joint replacement, and their efforts are supported by an incredible lineup of physical therapists and physicians’ assistants.
It’s our goal to help patients get to the bottom of their pain so they can go back to living their lives to the fullest.
Schedule Your Ankle Evaluation
The only way to know whether you’re a candidate for ankle arthroscopy is to schedule an appointment at our locations in Wayne, Englewood or Paramus, NJ. To reach our main office in Wayne, NJ, call (973) 595-7779 and take the first step towards a pain-free future.
What is Achilles Tendon Repair?
Achilles tendon repair is a surgery aimed to restore achilles tendon function following a critical injury in order to ensure the patient’s ability to walk. Achilles tendon repair reconnects calf muscles with the heel bone to achieve the restoration of ‘push-off’ ability.
You might need Achilles Tendon Repair if…
- You suffer from an acute or chronic achilles tendon rupture
- You suffer from pain and limited movement that debilitates your otherwise active lifestyle
Schedule An Appointment Today!
If you or someone you know is in pain, we can help. Take the first step and schedule an appointment.