How long does it take to recover from a torn Achilles injury?

At some point as you recover, your doctor will ask you to begin moving your heel. This may be as soon as 2 to 3 weeks or as long 6 weeks after your injury. With the help of physical therapy, most people can return to normal activity in 4 to 6 months.
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How long does it take to fully recover from an Achilles tendon?

Generally, the outlook is good. However, the tendon does take time to heal, usually about six to eight weeks. More time will be needed after this to allow the muscles to regain their normal strength after being in a plaster cast or a brace (orthosis).
  • How painful is Achilles tendon rupture?

    Although it's possible to have no signs or symptoms with an Achilles tendon rupture, most people have: The feeling of having been kicked in the calf. Pain, possibly severe, and swelling near the heel. An inability to bend the foot downward or "push off" the injured leg when walking.
  • What are the symptoms of Achilles heel?

    Common symptoms of Achilles tendinitis include:
    • Pain and stiffness along the Achilles tendon in the morning.
    • Pain along the tendon or back of the heel that worsens with activity.
    • Severe pain the day after exercising.
    • Thickening of the tendon.
    • Bone spur (insertional tendinitis)
  • When did Kobe Bryant tear his Achilles tendon?

    Kobe Bryant's season over after tearing Achilles. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant grimaces after being injured during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors April 12, 2013, in Los Angeles.
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Can you still walk with a torn Achilles tendon?

The Achilles tendon is at the back of the heel. It can be ruptured by sudden force on the foot or ankle. If your Achilles tendon is ruptured you will be unable to stand on tiptoe and will have a flat-footed walk.
  • Why do they call it an Achilles heel?

    The tendon is named after the ancient Greek mythological figure Achilles because it lies at the only part of his body that was still vulnerable after his mother had dipped him (holding him by the heel) into the River Styx.
  • What causes heel pain?

    Causes. Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of pain under the heel. Heel pain is not usually caused by a single injury, such as a twist or fall, but from repetitive stress and pounding of the heel. When the plantar fascia is stretched too far, its soft tissue fibers become inflamed.
  • How painful is Achilles tendon rupture?

    Although it's possible to have no signs or symptoms with an Achilles tendon rupture, most people have: The feeling of having been kicked in the calf. Pain, possibly severe, and swelling near the heel. An inability to bend the foot downward or "push off" the injured leg when walking.

Updated: 2nd October 2019

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