Treatment of exposed bilateral Achilles tendons with use of the Dynasplint. A case report

Phys Ther. 1988 Jun;68(6):989-91. doi: 10.1093/ptj/68.6.989.


Third- and fourth-degree burns, which extend beyond the layers of the skin, are the most severe and difficult to rehabilitate. In this case report, a patient's recovery from exposed Achilles tendons bilaterally secondary to a severe burn injury is described. The Dynasplint, a spring-loaded orthosis designed to deliver a low-load, prolonged stretch to healing connective tissue, was used to facilitate the patient's recovery from an initial loss of -29 and -27 degrees of dorsiflexion of the right and left ankles, respectively. The patient's progress is reported from bed rest to independent ambulation at the time of discharge from the hospital.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Achilles Tendon / physiopathology
  • Ankle Injuries*
  • Ankle Joint / physiopathology
  • Burns / rehabilitation*
  • Burns / therapy
  • Contracture / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Leg Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Leg Injuries / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Splints*