Torn Achilles Tendon

Stephen was having some fun on a scrummage machine with his son-in-law to see how much weight he could push. Unfortunately, this led to a soft tissue injury and he partially tore his achilles tendon.

Stephen was having some fun on a scrummage machine with his son-in-law to see how much weight he could push. Unfortunately, this led to a soft tissue injury and he partially tore his achilles tendon.

For some time now Stephen has been having physiotherapy input. He had to spend a number of weeks in a special removal boot. This was to allow his achilles tendon to heal sufficiently and to prevent any further damage. Stephen was able to come out of the boot for physiotherapy treatment and work was done on helping reducing some of the symptoms associated with the achilles tear, such as swelling, weakness and restricted movement.

In addition Stephen was encouraged to mobilise with crutches in order that he protect his damaged tendon. This was somewhat frustrating for Stephen, as he cares for his wife as well as running his own business. Stephen’s strength of character enabled him continue as best he could.

Once Stephen was out of his boot he was advised by his Orthopaedic Consultant to wear gel heel pads. Again, this was to allow gradual healing to take place with his achilles tendon positioned in a shortened position.

I am pleased to say that Stephen is making excellent progress and his tendon has gained sufficient strength for him to enjoy swimming as part of his rehabilitation and for him to participate in his everyday activities without crutches, a boot or gel pads! His general fitness has improved and his next goal is to begin some gentle treadmill running!

Stephen was having some fun on a scrummage machine with his son-in-law to see how much weight he could push. Unfortunately, this led to a soft tissue injury and he partially tore his achilles tendon.

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