Incidence of Achilles tendon injury has increased as people continue to be active in their later years. Although acute rupture of the Achilles tendon is most commonly diagnosed using history and physical examination, improvements in magnetic resonance and ultrasound imaging have led to their routine use in evaluating these injuries. Non-operative versus operative management of acute Achilles tendon ruptures has been the subject of much controversy in the current literature, especially in light of non-operative treatment with functional bracing. This article highlights the current controversy and outlines the rationale for nonsurgical treatment of acute Achilles tendon ruptures.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine