Last week, we discussed the decision to have surgery for a ruptured Achilles, methods for tendon strengthening, expectations for recovery timetable, how to predict success, and the importance of controlling inflammation. This week, we look at five more of our West Coast colleague Dr. Richard Blake’s “Secrets To Keep Moving.” These important tips with help you on the journey of recovering from an Achilles tendon rupture.
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Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
The New Orleans Pelicans are ranked in the middle of the Western Conference of the NBA at #5. They could potentially be doing much better if it weren’t for DeMarcus Cousins’ ill-fated Achilles tendon injury. Unfortunately for teams such as the Pelicans, an Achilles injury can be difficult to predict, with players like Rudy Gay coming back to the game at full strength in three months while others, such as Kobe Bryant, never return to pre-injury excellence. NYC podiatrists explain what happened to the DeMarcus Cousins, how professionals approach Achilles rehabilitation, and what fans can expect in the future.
The Achilles is the largest tendon in the body. Usually, it takes an act of extreme force to tear this strong tissue—jumping up and landing while twisting, an awkward fall as another body hurdles into you on the court, or a grueling marathon training schedule eventually stresses the tendon too far. But this is not always the case. Sometimes, you reach your forties in perfect health and one day the rubber band just snaps with a sudden trip or a slip. In his book, Secrets To Keep Moving, San Francisco Podiatrist Dr. Richard Blake describes 10 treatments for Achilles tendon rupture treatments. Today, NYC podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine take a look at the first five considerations.
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Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
Every year, about 30,000 Americans rupture their Achilles tendons, which attach the calf muscle to the heel bone. The fraying of this tendon can occur in a sudden snap during a misstep during athletic play or due to chronic inflammation over longer periods of time. The pain can come and go, which causes some people to live with the condition for up to 10 years before getting it checked out by a professional. Sometimes it takes several different treatments before finding the right fit or deciding to have Achilles tendon surgery.
It is possible to climb a ladder and ride a bike again, but you will need an experienced doctor who specializes in Achilles tendon repair to help you choose the best treatment option given your unique circumstances. Today, we’ll discuss some pertinent Achilles tendon statistics to help you understand the differences between surgical and non-surgical treatment.
The Achilles tendon, located just behind the heel, is the longest and strongest tendon in the body. It’s responsible for connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone, and it’s what allows us to point our feet downward, rise on our toes, walk, and run. While it can endure great stress and pressure, it can also degenerate, stiffen, inflame, and tear partially or completely. If that happens, you could be out of commission for a good six months!
As NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we treat many patients for Achilles problems. You’re wise to get your Achilles checked out at the first signs of soreness and discomfort, as a minor issue can lead to a full rupture if you’re not careful. After all, as with most types of injuries, prevention is the best medicine. Here are the best techniques you can use to prevent an Achilles tendon injury and keep yourself safe.
Achilles tendon injuries are some of the most common foot and ankle issues we treat at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan and White Plains. The Achilles tendon is a strong, fibrous band at the back of the heel. Sometimes referred to as “the heel cord” or “the calcaneal tendon,” this important tissue attaches the heel bone to the calf muscle. Any time you move your foot, you’re using the Achilles tendon, whether you’re walking, running, jumping, or standing on the tips of your toes. It’s actually the largest, strongest tendon in the body and can withstand up to 1,000 pounds of force—but there are still many activities and accidents that can injure this hardy part of the body. White Plains podiatrists share five interesting facts about Achilles tendon ruptures that will help illuminate why these injuries occur and how they can be treated.
For many foot and ankle conditions, conservative treatment is the way to go. However, this is not necessarily the case for Achilles tendon ruptures. A study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in May 2017 linked nonoperative treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures with soleus muscle atrophy. NYC foot surgeons from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine discuss the latest research.
Achilles tendon injuries can spell the end of the line for some NFL players. After all, two-thirds of NFL players are “never the same” after their Achilles injuries, and over a third never return to professional sports. However, despite the havoc an Achilles injury can cause, recent advances in surgical techniques and rehabilitation have helped players such as Demaryius Thomas and Leon Hall to bounce back after their injuries.
Unfortunately, running backs often don’t fare as well. RBs like Mikel Leshoure, Edgar Bennett, and Andre Brown never fully recovered from their Achilles tears. NFL.com speculates that “perhaps it’s because the position relies so heavily on a combination of speed, cutting ability, and physicality.”
Meanwhile, Branden Oliver—who recently signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers—is taking matters into his own hands. He purchased an electrical current device to cut his healing time in half and ensure greater career longevity.
Jake Long was the first overall draft pick in 2008. The left-tackle won the Pro Bowl four times with the Miami Dolphins before spending a season with the St. Louis Rams, the Atlanta Falcons, and finally the Minnesota Vikings. Despite his success, he decided to retire at age 31 after suffering an Achilles tear—the kiss of death for many NFL players.
Achilles tears are one of the most common athletic injuries treated at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offices in White Plains and Manhattan. Some patients are so-called “weekend warriors” who suddenly increased their training after a long winter. Other patients are athletes in their prime who took a sudden misstep and heard the tell-tale “popping” sound.
Either way, it’s not an easy injury to endure, mentally or physically. You should work with a compassionate health care team that can see you through the lengthy recovery. You want professionals who have access to the latest technology and proven methods to get you back to the game faster and stronger than ever. We offer top-level care for athletes of all skill levels, even Olympians.
One of the latest stories that got our attention was squash player Amanda Sobhy’s Achilles rupture, which occurred right at the height of her ascending career.
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