An Achilles tendon reconstruction is a procedure to repair a torn Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle. Achilles tendon reconstruction is able to repair and reconnect the calf muscle to the heel, allowing push-off strength for walking.
Achilles tendon reconstruction is performed when a person has torn the Achilles tendon due to sudden, strong force on the ankle during exercise, or degeneration of the Achilles tendon (tendinitis). It is difficult for severely damaged tendons to heal on their own, and the Achilles tendon is vital for walking.
An incision will be made on the back of the lower leg, and the two ends of the torn tendon will be sewn together and repaired. With the latest technique, the repair can be done by minimal invasively, meaning through a much smaller incision than previously.
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