Up to 2 months old, your child should see the doctor every 1 to 2 weeks and have gentle manipulation of the foot and cast changes. At about 2 months old, there should be an outpatient surgery visit, and the doctor should do Achilles tendon lengthening (tenotomy) and apply the last cast. At about 3 months old, the doctor should remove the last cast and measure your child for a brace. Then at about 4 months old until your baby is pulling and standing, you should see the doctor every 2 to 3 months and your baby should wear the brace for 23 hours a day with no exceptions. At about 12 months until 3 to 4 years old, your child should see the doctor every 3 to 6 months and wear the brace at night and during naptimes.
Steve G. Steffan, DPM
Location and Office HoursCommunity Foot Care Center Inc
116 S Poplar
Vinton, VA 24179
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What is a surgery for an Achilles tendon tear?
There are two types of surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon:
- In open surgery, the surgeon makes a single large incision in the back of the leg.
- In percutaneous surgery, the surgeon makes several small incisions rather than one large incision.
In both types of surgery, the surgeon sews the tendon back together through the incision(s). Surgery may be delayed for about a week after the rupture, to let the swelling go down.
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