A new technique is described for reconstruction of chronic Achilles tendon rupture using the flexor hallucis longus tendon. Follow-up on seven patients (mean age 52 years) is provided (average follow-up 17 months, range 3-30 months). All patients were re-examined to assess postoperative range of motion, scar healing, and sensation. Motor strength was assessed by Cybex testing. Subjective satisfaction was examined by completion of a questionnaire. There were no postoperative infections, skin losses, or re-ruptures. Each patient developed a small but functionally insignificant loss in range of motion in the involved ankle and great toe. All patients had a satisfactory return of function. One patient required a molded foot-ankle orthosis for extended ambulation but was able to play golf.





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