About Achilles Tendon Tears

What is it and what are your treatment options?
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What is an Achilles Tendon Tear?

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to heal bone to help the foot move. An Achilles tendon tear is an injury where the tendon partially or completely tears and may occur in the middle of the tendon or at the tendons insertion point on the heel.

Common Causes:

  • Tight muscles or tendon in the leg
  • Sports injury
  • Flat Feet
  • Constant wear of high heels can stress the tendon

Symptoms  of an Achilles Tendon Tear may include:

  • An audible pop or snap
  • Pain
  • Inability to move the foot

 If you are experiencing any of these symptoms immediately seek treatment by making an appointment with Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) team of foot and ankle specialists.

When you arrive for your initial consultation, Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) team of foot and ankle specialists will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing an Achilles injury, the OPA specialist will provide:

  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination
  • Multiple view x-rays, CT scan, or MRI

Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease symptoms as quickly as possible.

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options treat most partial Achilles tendon tears. A combination of treatment options are included in an OPA specialist’s patient-customized treatment plan:

RICE Method

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation relieves pain and inflammation


In a cast, splint, or removable boot gives torn tendon ends time to heal

Physical Therapy

Stretches and strengthens the tendon and calf muscles by an OPA approved physical therapist


May be used for mobility purposes

Complete tendon tears usually require surgery. During an Achilles tendon repair, an OPA specialist makes a small incision and uses sutures to connect torn tendon ends. If there is a bone fracture, the loose piece of bone is reattached to the heal. The patient is immobilized in a splint after surgery. Immobilization continues for 6-8 weeks after surgery. Physical therapy after surgery is an important part of the recovery process. Total recovery time is approximately 6 months.

At OPA, our Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Foot and Ankle Specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating Achilles tendon tears. If you experiencing pain, contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our conveniently located Anchorage, AK, Wasilla, AK, or Eagle River, AK offices.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Foot & Ankle Team

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Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Eugene Chang, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Our Mission

To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.


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