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.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers finished fourth in The Big Ten after losing in the quarterfinals to the Michigan Wolverines—who went on to beat Wisconsin on March 12th and become the 2017 Big Ten Champions. Now, the Wolverines are in the heart of the NCAA Championships, battling it out for the division win. You could chalk part of Minnesota’s loss to losing Akeem Springs—their point guard, who is also considered the “intellectual, emotional leader of the team”—to an Achilles rupture right when they needed him most.
Hispanics and Latinos make up 27.5% of New York City’s population. This group suffers from foot pain and health issues like any other, yet they tend to be more reluctant to seek professional help. The first step toward wellness is asking your primary doctor to check your feet and give you a referral to a foot and ankle specialist who can offer state-of-the-art care. Dr. Mariola Rivera, DPM is a friend to Hispanics and Latinos in the New York City area who are looking for a Spanish-speaking, board-certified podiatrist to add to their healthcare team.
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The Star-Telegram called Dirk Nowitzki “the greatest player to put on a Dallas Mavericks uniform.” Though he’s ranked the sixth-leading NBA scorer in history, Nowitzki missed 25 games this season with a strained right Achilles tendon. With 11 wins and 26 losses this season, the Mavs could certainly using the scoring power right about now. He began clocking minutes earlier this month, averaging between 20 and 30 — which is a workload he can handle, says Mavericks beat writer Eddie Sefko, that should “allow him to remain one of the most dangerous offensive weapons on the team.”
Chronic tendon pain has been fairly misunderstood in the scientific community until the last 5-10 years, according to Josef Geldwert, a board-certified Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in New York City. Previously, all tendon issues were categorized as “tendonitis,” which implies inflammation and is treated with cortisone shots, rest, ice, and sometimes physical therapy. Some patients healed during this treatment, but many continued to suffer from chronic tendon troubles. Often, these patients would go on to have surgical debridement, which fixed the problem but resulted in long recovery times.
“We now know that the problem is not necessarily inflammation but weakened collagen and tissue degeneration, which tends to occur after eight or ten weeks,” explains Dr. Geldwert. “Fortunately, technology exists that helps patients get back on their feet again without major surgery.”
There is no reason to suffer from chronic tendon pain in the New York City/White Plains area with The Center For Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine right around the corner. Our team focuses on minimally invasive regenerative techniques and advanced foot and ankle therapies that prompt faster healing to get you back to the activities you love—often within six months or less. We’re confident in the high-quality services we offer, but some patient success stories have exceeded our expectations. One of those stories involves a 50-year-old retired police officer with chronic Achilles tendon pain in the back of his heel.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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