At some point as you recover, your health care provider will ask you to begin moving your heel. This may be as soon as 2 - 3 weeks or as long 6 weeks after your injury.
With the help of physical therapy, most people can return to normal activity in 4 - 6 months. In physical therapy, you will learn exercises to make your calf muscles stronger and your Achilles tendon more flexible.
When you stretch your calf muscles, do so slowly. Also, do not bounce or use too much force when you use your leg.
After you heal, you are at greater risk for injuring your Achilles tendon again.
After healing you will need to:
- Stay in good shape and stretch before any exercise.
- Avoid high-heeled shoes.
- Ask your health care provider if it is okay for you to play tennis, racquetball, basketball, and other sports where you stop and start.
- Do proper amount of warm up and stretching ahead of time.