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How to Access Healthcare and Rehabilitation after an Achilles Rupture

The Achilles tendon is the largest in the human body, connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone. It plays a crucial role in walking, running and jumping. However, an Achilles tendon rupture can occur when the tendon is stretched beyond its capacity, causing a partial or complete tear. This injury is common among athletes who engage in high-impact activities, but it can also affect anyone who overuses their legs. If you have experienced an Achilles tendon rupture, proper rehabilitation is essential for a full recovery. Here’s how to best manage rehabilitation after Achilles tendon rupture.


Seek Immediate Treatment

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Rest and Immobilise

Immediately after an Achilles tendon rupture, you should rest the affected foot and keep it immobilised to reduce swelling and promote healing. You may need to wear a cast or walking boot for several weeks to protect the tendon while it heals. During this time, you should avoid any weight-bearing activities and keep your foot elevated as much as possible.


Access Physical Therapy

Physical therapy will be an essential component of your rehabilitation. A physical therapist can create a personalised exercise program to help you regain strength and flexibility in the area. This may include exercises, treatments, acupuncture, massage and more. Your physical therapist will also help you gradually increase your activity level and return to your normal routine.


Pain Management

Recovering from an Achilles tendon rupture can be painful, and managing your pain is essential for successful rehabilitation. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers. Additionally, icing the affected area and using compression can help reduce pain and swelling.


Take Preventative Measures

To prevent future injuries, it is important to take preventative measures after your Achilles tendon rupture has healed. This may include wearing proper footwear, stretching before exercise, and gradually increasing your activity level. If you participate in high-impact sports, consider cross-training to reduce the strain on your Achilles tendon.


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