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Home > Patient & Family Resources > Health Library > Achilles Tendon Injury: Surgery or Immobilization
If you have a
ruptured Achilles tendon, instead of having surgery you may use a cast, splint,
brace, walking boot, or other device that will keep your lower leg from moving. This is called immobilization. When immobilized over a period of months, the Achilles tendon
can slowly reattach and heal.
Immobilization is a wise treatment choice for some people. For others, it may not be the best choice. When deciding on treatment for your tendon rupture, think about how active you are and how much leg strength you need at home or at work. Also consider your
age and your overall health.
Think about the following facts when you decide whether surgery or
immobilization is best for you.
Immobilization is usually followed by a rehabilitation program. This may include stretching, exercising, and
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Current as ofMarch 21, 2017
Current as of:
March 21, 2017
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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