Damage to the Achilles tendon is the most common form of tendon damage and typically results from acute injury or overuse often as a result of athletics. When the Achilles Tendon tears, the recommended course of treatment is a risky surgery with a > 10% complication rate. Because of the invasive nature of this procedure, recovery is lengthy, and a recent study suggests that it is no more effective than immobilizing and bracing the ankle for a few weeks.