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Q: I was recently diagnosed with a torn tendon in my right foot. An orthopedic surgeon has recommended surgery, but I understand the recovery is difficult. As I live alone, I would have to go to a nursing home, and then I would be on crutches for four to six weeks. Another surgeon recommended a brace for four to five months to see if the tendon heals. Do I have options other than surgery if the tendon does not heal?
A: Your foot contains many tendons -- the thick, fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone. You don't say which one you've torn. But, the tendon that commonly causes problems in a person's foot is the posterior tibial tendon.
This tendon begins in your calf, runs down along the inside of your ankle and attaches to bones in the middle of your foot. It provides the main support for your foot's arch.