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New Techniques in Achilles Tendon Rupture Repair Leads to Faster Recovery

By : on : June 30, 2017 comments : (0)

Achilles tendon injuries are extremely common in the US. Approximately 230,000 people injure their Achilles each year and this already massive number is on the rise. The Achilles is a tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. This type of injury can be very painful, but at Foot and Ankle Surgeons of New York in New Hyde Park, our main priority is to address each patient’s injury and provide the best possible care for each individual.

Achilles injuries can be caused by; hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and exposure to steroids or certain antibiotics. It is most common for people to get an injury like this when they are playing a sport where there is a lot of explosive movement like speeding up, slowing down, and making hard lateral cuts.  Some of these sports may include football, soccer, gymnastics, hockey, running, volleyball, tennis, and basketball. Running, for example, can add up to 12.5 times a person’s body weight to their tendon. The prime age for an Achilles rupture is 30 to 40, but it can happen to people of all ages. Someone is more susceptible to this injury if they wear high heels, don’t stretch, don’t warm-up before exercise, and over-train.

There are many different treatments for an Achilles injury. One of the most common treatments for this injury is surgery. The patient usually gets their cast or brace off after six weeks and is able to resume full activity within six months. Other treatments include bracing, icing, anti-inflammatory medications, and strengthening and stretching physical therapy exercises. An orthotic device can be used to relieve strain on the tendon and lessen the amount of pressure that is being placed on the Achilles.

Traditionally, Achilles tendon ruptures are repaired by tying the two ends of the tendon together by creating suture knots. The weakest part of this repair is the knot itself and this is where most re-ruptures occur. At our office, we offer a newer form of repair where there are no knots at all. This knotless repair is much stronger and allows our patients to start weight bearing early, typically starting at 6 weeks, leading to a much quicker rehabilitation. Adding PRP have also shown to be helpful.

At Foot and Ankle Surgeons of New York, our number one focus is on bettering the lives of our patients no matter the difficulty. If you have recently experienced a great amount of pain in your ankle and think that it is an Achilles injury, call our Lake Success Long Island or New York City Midtown or West Village locations or Request an Appointment Online today!

Dr. Joseph Alencherry

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Dr. Alencherry graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Concentration in Applied Economics & Management. He earned his medical degree in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York City. He continued his education with a four year Residency at the New York Hospital Queens, where he was appointed Chief Resident in his final year. He has comprehensive training in elective, reconstructive and trauma surgery of the foot and ankle. He also is trained in the most advanced non surgical and minimally invasive treatments of common foot and ankle conditions. He has an interest in treating the pediatric population and has experience treating congenital deformities. He is an Associate of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.In addition, he has completed several AO courses and has received training in external fixation and deformity correction techniques at the Ilizarov Institute in Russia. He is an active committee member for the New York State Podiatric Medical Association and the NYSPMA Young Physician section. He is a proud member of the American Podiatric Medical Association. He serves as the Director of Clerkship for the Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency program at New York Presbyterian/Queens. He is actively involved with Residency training and is affiliated with Long Island Jewish Hospital, North Shore University Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital and Winthrop-University Hospital.

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