If you’ve ever had an Achilles tendon tear, you know how severe this injury can be. A ruptured Achilles tendon can cause you to be unable to walk normally or perform daily activities like going to the bathroom. Physical therapy may be a good option to treat tendon rupture. Physical therapy can be used to increase your range of motion, strengthen your ankle and foot muscles, and reduce the overall pain. The therapist might use heat, ice or other modalities as well as exercises. For Achilles tendon treatment, the primary focus of a physical therapist is on exercises. After removing the cast, you can start exercising. We can speak more clearly after 4 to 6 weeks’ worth of tendon rupture exercises. Exercises done too soon can cause tendon re-rupture. It is important to allow enough time for tendon healing.
Motion rangeThe exercises to repair Achilles rupture usually start with gentle range motion exercises. These exercises can range from passive range of movement to active range. Some of these exercises are
- All directions: Passive range of motion for the ankle
- Ankle pumps
- All directions: Active range of motion
- Ankle alphabets
- You should exercise slowly and carefully. If you feel pain, immediately consult your physical therapist.
Stretching and strengthening exercisesOnce your ankle has regained its mobility, you can work on strengthening and flexing your muscles. Strength can be increased by stressing your tendon. This can help reduce the chance of future injuries.
- Ankle exercises using a resistance band
- Resistance exercises for hands
- Calf elevation
- Short arc quad
- straight leg raises
- Stretch from toe to wall
- Drop your heel
- Towel calf stretch