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How long does it take for a ruptured Achilles tendon to heal without surgery?

I am a 34 year old male. I want to know how long does it take for a ruptured Achilles tendon to heal without surgery?

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It may or may not heal. mri is needed to diagnose the type of rupture. I recommend that you address this concern with orthopedic doctor or podiatrist.
Depends on the type of injury, and can take up to 6 months for recovery.
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Achilles tendon rupture will heal in a few weeks to a few months, depending on the extent of injury and expectations for activity afterward. I recommend you discuss with a foot and ankle surgeon (podiatrist) for details
A ruptured achilles tendon without surgery will take 8-12 weeks. The positive of repairing the achilles tendon is walking happens a lot sooner. Most of my patients after achilles tendon repair walk at 4 weeks after surgery. Where as if you do not then it takes longer because the tendon has to scar down. Overall it takes 9-12 months to fully recover from a achilles tendon rupture without surgery and around 6-9 months with surgery to recover back to full activities.
Depends on age and weight and degree of rupture. Most ruptures need either accommodative device or surgical intervention to heal. If the rupture is minimal, it might take a few months to heal, but might last longer with motion.
About 3 months in a cam boot. Then nearly one year for complete resolution. Actually, the same as with surgery.
It depends on the extent of the rupture. That can be determined with an MRI.
Plan on at least 12 weeks in a boot with a heel lift which is slowly reduced over time until your foot is back to a neutral position. Physical therapy is often needed once you are back to walking to strengthen the repair.
About 3 months, back to normal activities about 6 months.
Thank you for the question about a ruptured Achilles tendon. There is no direct answer. It depends on how the rupture was with it (was it complete or partial). I would suggest at the age of 34 that you get information from your treating physician so that you are well informed as to what type of rupture. Injuries like that need to be attended. It can take at least 6 months until it heals properly and that includes physical therapy.
It will likely take a bit longer without surgery and may not heal as well depending upon the tear. It is a difficult recovery either way as you will not be able to bear weight.
I have never seen it treated without surgery. 
1. It depends on the extent of the damage.
2. Three to six months depending a lot on how much/little you are on it.
With gravity casting 10-12 weeks would be about right for someone your age healthy without complications. About 8 weeks non weight bearing, then weight bearing in cast, then transition into a boot cast before transitioning onto shoes. Stiff high top with shoe insert for support.
That would depend on multiple factors. You would need to be evaluated by an Orthopedic Surgeon and discuss it. Maybe a poor result without surgery, such as weak lift of strength, etc.

Scott M. Taylor, M.D.


A ruptured Achilles tendon can take a very long time to heal. It really depends on if there is a gap at the site of rupture. If there is a large gap surgical repair is recommended. It can take 9 months to a year for full return to function with or without surgery.

Good luck

Dr. Lui
It can take over a year and may result in long term weakness; this needs to be evaluated by your doc
I would say 3-4 months, depending on your compliance with non-weight bearing and rest during the recovery period. You should be casted and completely non-weight bearing for at least 6-8 weeks, then you should have partial weight bearing and rehab/phys med for at least 1-2 months after that.