What is Heel cord lengthening?

Category: Surgeries


Heel cord lengthening is a surgical procedure characterized as a small cut to the Achilles tendon. This is done to help release contractures in the heel area, improve balance and the ability to walk.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Improve mobility 3 2
Unsteady gait 2 1
Foot drop 1 0
Muscle tension 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Heel cord lengthening

Side effect Patients


Stopped having Heel cord lengthening

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
Adherence Evaluations
Always 2
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Heel cord lengthening.