Achilles Tendon Rupture: Interesting Facts White Plains Podiatrists Want You to Know

Posted by on Friday, October 13th, 2017

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.

 Don't let your soft tissue injury be your Achilles heel. White Plains podiatrists have all the tools to fix you quickly and effectively!
Don’t let a soft tissue injury be your Achilles heel. White Plains podiatrists have the tools to treat the injury quickly and effectively! Image Source: Wikimedia user Tasoskessaris.

What are the Possible Drawbacks of Nonoperative Treatment for Achilles Tendon Rupture?

Posted by on Friday, July 14th, 2017

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.

Nonoperative treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures can sometimes negatively affect the calf muscles.
Nonoperative treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures can sometimes negatively affect the calf muscles. Image Source: Pixabay user cocoparisienne.

NFL News: Electrowave Technology Helps Players Recover From Achilles Tendon Injuries

Posted by on Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

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. 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.

NFL News: Torn Achilles Tendon Prompts Early Retirement For Vikings’ Jake Long

Posted by on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

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.

Jake Long's game was interrupted when he tore his Achilles tendon.
Jake Long’s game was interrupted when he tore his Achilles tendon. Image Source: Wikimedia user Diddykong1130.

Squash News: Top Player Amanda Sobhy Has Achilles Tendon Surgery

Posted by on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

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.

Achilles tears are common among squash players.
Achilles tears are common among squash players. Image Source: Wikimedia user Flickr upload bot.

NCAA News: Torn Achilles Tendon Takes The Spring Out of Minnesota’s Step

Posted by on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

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.

How will the Minnesota Golden Gophers recover from the loss of Springs?
How will the Minnesota Golden Gophers recover from the loss of Springs? Image Source: Wikimedia user WxGopher.

NYC Latinos & Hispanics Find A Friend Who Knows About Feet In Dr. Rivera

Posted by on Friday, January 27th, 2017

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.


NBA News: League’s Sixth-Leading Scorer Returns After Achilles Trouble

Posted by on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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.”

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The Mavericks have had a difficult time this year, especially with the loss of leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki with an Achilles injury. (Image Source:

TENEX FAST Procedure Offers New Yorkers Relief From Tendon Pain

Posted by on Monday, November 28th, 2016

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.”

The TENEX procedure can work wonders for patients who have torn or degenerated tendons causing severe pain and disability, and it’s available right here at your local New York City podiatrist office.

Tendon pain is no match for the TENEX procedure.
Tendon pain is no match for the TENEX procedure. Image Source: Wikimedia user Rotatebot.

Patient Success Story: Using Regenerative Medicine To Heal Chronic Achilles Heel Tendon Pain

Posted by on Monday, November 7th, 2016

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.

Pain in the Achilles heel can put uncomfortable limitations on your mobility
Pain in the Achilles heel can put uncomfortable limitations on your mobility. Image Source: Flickr CC user Bob M~