South Park Foot Surgeon Explains How to Recover From Achilles Tendon Surgery

January 4, 2017

An Achilles tendon tear is a hurtful injury. Tendon repair, surgery, reconnects the ends of the broken tendon. After surgery, the patient will likely feel fatigued for several days. The ankle and lower leg areas may swell. Ice can help reduce the swelling. In several days the swelling should subside and the tendon will slowly get stronger during the recovery period. A speedy Achilles tendon surgery recovery can result when patients follow their doctor’s orders to the letter.

Caring for Yourself at Home

Achilles tendon surgery recovery will, in part, depend on how well you take care of yourself after surgery. The following tips and advice of your South Park podiatrist can help speed your recovery along:

  • Get enough rest and sleep. Make sure to keep the sore leg elevated as much as possible for the first several days. Wear a cast or walking boot for as long as advised. This keeps your ankle from moving and lessens the chances of any damage.
  • Get used to moving around with crutches to perform daily tasks, and avoid putting any direct weight on your leg until the doctors gives approval. The doctor may also advise against taking a shower for several days after surgery. A sponge bath will suffice. After several days, the doctor may approve a shower and suggest ways to keep the incision and bandages dry.
  • Avoid swimming or hot tub bathing until approved. Patients should only drive when it is easy to move their foot or ankle and crutches are no longer necessary. Your local foot surgeon will recommend that driving combined with pain medications can be dangerous.
  • Eat a normal, healthy, diet and continue to drink plenty of fluids daily. If bowel movements are off, consult with your doctor who may recommend a fibre supplement.

When looking for a trusted local foot surgeon, we are the professionals to call. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff of medical professionals can provide the surgery and support patients need to get back on their feet as quickly as possible. Our South Park podiatrist and well-trained medical team offer non-invasive therapies, foot and ankle surgery, and complete foot, toe, and ankle care.