Cynthia Armstrong is a patient in our Cool Springs clinic in Franklin, TN. Cynthia was coming out of work on a Friday with a colleague. They were walking and talking when they stopped on the side walk to continue their conversation. Cynthia took a step to the left and her foot slipped off and down the corner of the sidewalk curb.
Along with Physical Therapy, a home exercise program will be given to perform on days therapy is not scheduled and after discharged from the clinics care. The HEP will have pictures and descriptions of each exercise to perform in order to increase range of motion, increase strength, and decrease pain. Heat or ice may be used after exercising as needed for 10-20 minutes at a time.
Treatment for Achilles tendon tear in the clinic is divided into three phases.
Acute phase exercises: Focusing on improving ankle range of motion and decreasing pain.
- Ankle pumps
- Gentle calf stretching, gastroc and soleus
- Ankle range of motion: dorsiflexion, plantar flexion, eversion,
What is the Achilles tendon?
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, it’s a thick fibrous tissue that runs down the back of your calf. It consists of two muscles, your gastrocnemius and soleus, and serves as the way to attach these muscles to the back of your heel.
Ginger Harper is a patient in our Spring Hill clinic. The week before Christmas, she was in the attic and fell through the ceiling. She thought she just bruised her ankle so she didn’t go the doctor for a little while. But after enough time and pain, the doctor required an MRI, only to discover that Ginger had a torn Achilles tendon and a large bone spur on her ankle.