How to Repair Ryan Broyles Achilles Tendon Rupture

Updated: Dec 10, 2019


Achilles tendon rupture is a game changing injury for any athlete; however, in Ryan Broyles situation it will be a session ending injury. The Achilles is the thickest and strongest tendon in the human body. In football the primary mechanisms of injury include sudden forced plantar flexion of the foot, unexpected dorsiflexion of the foot, and violent dorsiflexion of a plantar flexed foot. This was seen in Ryan's punt return in yesterdays game. Recent literature as discussed openly about conservative care of casting in such injuries; however, in Ryan's profession casting and waiting  months is not an option. Clinically these injuries are assessed in the office with know real need for advance imaging except MSK ultra-sound to assess gaping of the tendon. In acute injuries as seen yesterday surgery is recommended as soon as possible.

Tomorrows surgery may appears like this:










Incision placement- medial