Achilles Tendon Rupture Stretches & Exercises – Ask Doctor Jo

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With an Achilles Tendon Rupture, you might end up needing surgery, but these stretches and exercises should help you before and afterwards. The stronger and more flexible you can be before a surgery, the better your recovery will be after. See Doctor Jo’s blog post about this at:

The first stretch will be a calf stretch. Start off with your legs out in front of you. You can bend up the leg you aren’t using towards you in a comfortable position. Keep the leg you want to stretch out in front of you. Take a stretch strap, dog leash, belt, or towel and wrap it around the ball of your foot. Relax your foot, and pull the strap towards you stretching your calf muscle. You should feel the stretch under your leg. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, and do three of them.

Next you will do a standing calf stretch. You want to lean against a wall or something sturdy. Place the foot you want to stretch behind you. Make sure to keep your heel down and your toes forward pointing towards the wall. With the other foot in front of you, like you are in a lunge position, bend your knee towards the wall until you feel a stretch through your back leg. Try to keep your back leg as straight as possible. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, and do it three times. In the same position, now bend your back knee with the stretch. This will stretch the soleus muscle, which is directly under the calf muscles. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds, and do it three times.

Now you will do some exercises. The first exercise is a heel raise off the ground. Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart, come up on your toes as high as you can. Try not to lean forward, but bring your body straight up and slowly come back down. Push off as much as you can so your heel leaves the ground. Start off with ten and work your way up to 20-25.

The last exercise will be a balance series. Stand on one foot, but hold onto something sturdy. Try to balance for 30 seconds to a minute. When that becomes easy, just use one finger one each side. Then just one finger for balance, and finally try balancing without holding on at all.

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Gaming Farm says:

May i as doc, i have Achilles tendon rupture op 9weeks from surgery, can i perform like this in your vids?

chitra sridhar says:

I have archillies tendon rupture 3 moths before . follow this exercises .very much helpful to get rid from stifness and to walk.Thanl u

Sergio Castillo says:

Ty so much very simple therapy’s On my way! To recovery 🙏🏼💯

Naga Raju says:

My Achilles tendon 32 days ago surgery now I am normal walking no boot the doctor is not giving the boot and the doctor say now you go work to work.
If I am walking time pain coming and swelling
Please tell me can I do this exercise please tell me just Iam normal worker and also Iam poor please tell me medum
Iam remember you r name in my life time

RAHUL .P says:

Hello doctor I'm from India I got Achilles tendon surgery now doctor have told that do movement for your ankle now I can do this exercise that you have told pls reply

রবি - . com says:

Thanks a lot mam 🙏 this is very helpful

Gigi Grendeli says:

Good video Doctor Jo ! Helped me a lot. Cool socks by the way 😉 striped pink and black 👍 you help us with style

Shadow and Lavender says:

I am having pain in my achilles nearly 15 months just recently started do i have rupture or more severe than that. I can walk with a bit pain. Do i need to this stretch too ?
Thank you

Andre Brooks says:

So I had surgery about a month ago broken bone an fractured ankle tore my achilles all from a gun shot. I haven’t went to therapy just yet hoping to go soon but I’ve been doing my own therapy in home. Now I can’t apply pressure to my foot yet I can’t walk but I’m needing some insite for make it the ankle stronger an also my achilles. I’ve never had this severe injury before.

Saad Abu Al-Haj says:

Hi, I had my surgery for ruptured achilles on 24th July. Now I am walking without boot and my ankle angle is at 90 degrees since 8 weeks from surgery. My problem is that its still the same now and I still limp a little because I cant stretch it past 95 degrees, what can I do?

Nathan Tsolakis says:

Hi there. I ruptured my Achilles yesterday playing basketball. Got a scan and it says “7cm proximal to insertion. The resulting defect due to retraction is about 3.5cm in cross section.” Is this a low/ medium/ high degree injury?

Am booked in to speak with a orthopaedic surgeon in 2 days. Any sort of guidance on what will happen next? Thanks !

Gormeet Singh says:

Mam please send mfl legament exercise

Gormeet Singh says:

Know mfl legament exercise

Snehal Korde says:

I have painlot & tendon prt gets redish bluish so should I do this exercises. Please lete know doctor. I can't raise leg on toes asif I do so I lose my balance so guide me

DrSuvadeep Sircar says:

Today is the 5th week of my post OP achilles tendon surgery.. I have started exercises. Bt why is my back feeling stiffness?? Just above the heel i am feeling stiffness

David Brignall says:

Best physical therapy videos on You Tube

Dee Jay says:

Very simple & to the point. Very helpful. Thank you.

Mighty Healthy says:

Thank you woman and bless God you.
Exercise great.
I am from Czechoslovakia, Slovakia, Poland and austria . Love from.

Alaknanda Bhave says:

very useful

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