Skip to main content

Welcome to the Circle Health Group website. We've changed our name from BMI Healthcare. Just as before, we have thousands of specialists offering expert healthcare. Click here to find a specialist or a hospital near you.

Achilles tendon repair

Find out about the treatment, the procedure and the rehabilitation techniques that will help you recover

Under normal circumstances, the Achilles tendon functions to allow your calf muscles to stabilize your foot, raise your heel and provide propulsion when walking. Without it, everyday tasks such as walking and climbing stairs are made impossible. The repair is performed with specialized sutures and, when rehabilitated appropriately, should allow you to return to a normal level of function.

Phase one - The first phase of your recovery will be focused on managing your swelling and pain and allowing the specialized sutures and repair to heal and strengthen. You will be provided with elbow crutches and asked to take no significant weight through your operated leg for 4-6 weeks after your operation. Gentle ankle range of motion exercises may be encouraged from week two to prevent excessive ankle joint stiffness developing.

Phase two - Under normal circumstances, your active recovery will commence 4-6 weeks after surgery. You will be asked to wear a walking boot with a heel lift. Over several weeks, your surgeon will reduce the amount of heel lift available in the walking boot to gradually impart a stretch on the repairing Achilles tendon. Your physiotherapist will guide you to appropriately increase the amount of weight you take on your operated leg over this period. They will also guide you through some exercises involving resistance/loading exercises for your calf muscles and Achilles tendon to promote accelerated healing of the tendon repair and prevent excessive post-operative muscle wasting.

Phase three - The third phase of your recovery will begin approximately three months post-operatively when under normal circumstances you will be asked to commence walking without the boot and heel raises. Your physiotherapist will prescribe you some appropriate, weight-bearing strengthening exercises which specifically target the calf muscles known as heel raises. As calf muscle strength and flexibility improve, your physiotherapist will advise you to gradually increase the weight you perform these exercises with. Once the strength of your operated leg is equal to your non-operated leg, activity or sport.

The AlterG anti-gravity treadmill, Hydro Physio aquatic treadmill, sports exercise equipment such as the Concept2 rowing machine plus our Return to Sport Assessment Service may benefit rehabilitation following Achilles Tendon Repair.

Specialists offering Achilles tendon repair

View all specialists

Miss Vigdis Thorisdottir

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

FRCS (Trauma & Orth)

St Edmunds Hospital

View profile Book online

Mr Rajeev Suneja

Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

MBBS, MS (Orth), MSc (Tr), FRCS, FRCS (Tr&Orth)

The Alexandra Hospital

View profile Book online

Professor Roslyn Miller

Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Albyn Hospital 2 more Kings Park Hospital Ross Hall Hospital

View profile Book online

Miss Kom Muthusamy

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB, MRCS, FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Three Shires Hospital

View profile Book online

Mr Ian Carmichael

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB ChB FRSC(Ed) FRCS(Ed)(Tr & Orth) dipSEM(GB&I)

Thornbury Hospital

View profile Book online

Mr Adam Ajis

Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Disorders of the Foot & Ankle

BMedSc(Hons Physiol) MBChB MRCSEd FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Goring Hall Hospital

View profile Book online

Find a specialist