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Q: Can a torn Achilles tendon be fixed?

A: Yes, it can. The selection of an appropriate treatment depends upon the extent of damage to the Achilles tendon, how old the injury is, and the patient’s age, health and mobility level. In some cases, a walking boot with a heel lift or a cast with the toes pointed downwards may be all that a person needs to allow the tendon to heal properly. In some cases, surgery may be required to repair the tendon, in which case there are a number of procedures that can be performed to accomplish this. The recovery from this condition has a high success rate but often requires physical therapy.

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