Achilles tendon rupture: avoiding tendon lengthening during surgical repair and rehabilitation

Yale J Biol Med. 2011 Sep;84(3):289-300.


Achilles tendon rupture is a serious injury for which the best treatment is still controversial. Its primary goal should be to restore normal length and tension, thus obtaining an optimal function. Tendon elongation correlates significantly with clinical outcome; lengthening is an important cause of morbidity and may produce permanent functional impairment. In this article, we review all factors that may influence the repair, including the type of surgical technique, suture material, and rehabilitation program, among many others.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Achilles Tendon / injuries*
  • Achilles Tendon / physiopathology
  • Achilles Tendon / surgery
  • Ankle Injuries / physiopathology
  • Ankle Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Ankle Injuries / surgery
  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Athletic Injuries / surgery
  • Bone and Bones / physiology
  • Elasticity
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Rupture / physiopathology
  • Rupture / surgery
  • Suture Techniques
  • Sutures
  • Tendon Injuries / physiopathology
  • Tendon Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Tendon Injuries / surgery*
  • Tenotomy*
  • Treatment Outcome