What is a torn achilles tendon?
A torn achilles tendon (also achilles tendon tear or achilles tendon rupture) is a partial or complete rupture of the achilles tendon. Usually such a rupture feels like a kick or shot against the calf. The rupture can occur when the tendon is being stressed, but it can also happen suddenly during relatively small movements such as recreational bike riding. In the case of a complete rupture, the calf muscle is no longer connected to the foot. This can be tested by kneeling on a bench or chair; the foot needs to hang loose. When the Achilles tendon is intact, the foot moves when the calf muscle is squeezed. If the Achilles tendon is torn, the foot remains still when the calf muscle is squeezed. This is a relatively common injury in men aged 30-50. It tends to occur in people with compromised health, for example as a result of diabetes mellitus or severe kidney failure.
Treatment of the Achilles tendon at Move to Cure
After surgery you will get a cast or brace to protect the reconstruction. You will have to wear this for approximately six weeks. The exercise therapy aims to:
- improve mobility
- strengthen the tendon through strengthening exercises
- train functionally on specific movements
Move to Cure wil adapt the exercise therapy based on the sport the client practises (if any), so they can either participate in group training or resume the normal training schedule. Rehabilitating in the athlete’s natural habitat (on the track, in sand,…) also contributes to faster recovery. The large available space and state-of-the-art equipment in the Move to Cure rehabilitation centres (both in Antwerp and Lebbeke) allow for the client to train under the supervision of the therapist. Because of this individual approach, clients reach their pre-injury level faster.