Foot and Ankle

Achilles Tendon Injuries

Importance of the Achilles Tendon

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects the two main calf muscles, the gastrocnemius and soleus, to the heel bone (the calcaneus). Common injuries of the Achilles tendon include tendonitis (inflammation), tendinosis (degeneration), and rupture.

Surgery for Achilles Tendon Rupture

Achilles tendon rupture requires a surgical treatment to repair the large tendon that travels down the back of the ankle called the Achilles tendon. This surgery will assist in the healing of the tendon and help restore the function of the foot and ankle.

Why choose Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists?

Our fellowship-trained foot and ankle doctors at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists completed additional training, specifically in the foot and ankle, and are recognized leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of ankle injuries and conditions. With this advanced training, our foot and ankle doctors, Dr. Padrta and Dr. Shirzad, are recognized leaders in the industry and have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your ankle injury or condition individually to your needs.

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To learn more about treatment options available for Achilles tendon injuries, please request an appointment online, or call 888-660-2663.

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Appointment Resources

Once you have scheduled your appointment with one of our specialty-trained foot doctors, please use the link below to obtain our new patient forms and browse through our tips and preparation suggestions for your appointment. 

Preparing for My Appointment & New Patient Forms

“I ruptured (fancy names for snapped in half) my Achilles tendon on the 4th of July weekend. All through my circumstance for visiting you all is not pleasant, your office is top rate in many areas.
1. appointment availability (I got in next day 7/6/16)
2. appointments on time
3. surgery availability (scheduled next day 7/7/16) 
4. very friendly staff.” — Jodi R.

“It was great. Dr. Shirzad and his staff were awesome. I've never experienced as significant an injury as a severed Achilles. I'll never forget what the Assistant Nurse Anesthesiologist told me when wheeling me into surgery, “Do the PT, cause you don't want to come back here.” I have done the work. I'm not a 100% and may never get there, but every week I get closer and currently feel like 80%. I suffered the injury umpiring Girls Softball a year ago the end of March and am on schedule to return to the diamond in about 6 weeks. I'm looking forward to that, as well as golf, hiking and just sitting in my backyard this Spring without a cast on. Thanks.” — Scott B.