Achilles Tendon Tear Treatment in Kirkland, WA
As a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Camille Clinton delivers state-of-the-art treatment to patients experiencing Achilles injuries. Dr. Clinton is dedicated to providing patient-centered care and takes the time to discuss all treatment options in an effort to preserve and improve patient lifestyles.
As a former athlete herself, Dr. Clinton understands the desire to return to the sports and activities you love and utilizes an individualized approach to ensure optimal care and results. Call (425) 899-4810 to schedule an appointment at our orthopedic surgery office in Kirkland, WA today!
What is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and attaches the calf muscle to the heel. It can tolerate high loads but is prone to rupture. Ruptures tend to occur with sudden explosive activity. They are most common in recreational athletes in their 30s-40s. The risk of injury can be reduced by properly warming up, gradually increasing activities and stretching adequately.
Achilles Tendon Tear Symptoms and Diagnosis
When the Achilles tendon tears people often feel a pop. Many describe a feeling that they were hit in the back of the ankle with a stick. Tears are often obvious on physical exam but can be confirmed by MRI if needed. MRI can also give information regarding the exact level of the tear and tissue quality.
Achilles Tendon Tear Treatment
Achilles tears can be treated with or without surgery. Some studies show similar results. Patients who are trying to heal without surgery do best if they adhere to a specific rehabilitation protocol. With surgical repair, the risk of retear maybe lower and patients are often able to get back to work and weight-bearing faster. Regardless of the treatment full recovery from an Achilles tear takes 6-12 months.
Schedule a Consultation for Achilles Tear Treatment
Dr. Camille Clinton is a fellowship-trained board-certified orthopedic surgeon that specializes in sports medicine. As a former athlete, she knows how important it is to ensure a safe and timely return to play. Call (425) 899-4810 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clinton today!