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Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
Ottawa Senators’ center Jean-Gabriel Pageau is out of commission with an Achilles tendon tear. One study of NHL, NFL, MLB, and NBA players with torn Achilles tendons found that 30.6% of professionals players were not able to return to play following their injuries. Of those who did return, functional deficits caused reduced games played, reduced playing time, and worse performance one year after Achilles surgery. By two years, most of the studied players were able to rebound.
We can’t say for sure whether Pageau will be one of the lucky ones or not, but we can answer some of your other burning questions, such as: What can I expect in terms of recovery from an Achilles tendon tear? What type of treatment should I seek for a torn Achilles tendon? The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City specializes in this area of sports medicine.
Now that the weather is cooler, New Yorkers have taken to the indoor courts to keep up their love of tennis. Tennis has many health benefits from increasing aerobic capacity and bone density to improving metabolic function and reaction times. However, the sheer speed of tennis opens us up to accidents and injuries, particularly to the feet and ankles. If you live in the New York City or White Plains area, The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can diagnose and treat any lower extremity common tennis foot injuries with skill and efficiency.
An Achilles tendon rupture is common, affecting 37.3 per 100,000 people. Treatment for a ruptured Achilles tendon can be nonoperative with cast immobilization or surgical. There are potentially life-threatening complications associated with this type of injury. The patient can develop a blood clot or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which refers to a blood clot forming in a deep vein within the leg. A deadly pulmonary embolism (PE) may occur if that blood clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs. Australian Comedian Shane Jacobson says this nearly happened to him after a recent Achilles rupture injury.
Mechanical engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed promising new technology that can measure the underlying tension forces transferred to the muscles and tendons during movement. Previous studies on animals used surgical implants to monitor force, but the invasiveness has been a major drawback for human trials. The new non-invasive measurement tool builds upon existing knowledge of wave propagation measurements to detect Achilles tendon problems before they occur.
Manu Ginóbili spent 16 seasons as a shooting guard with the San Antonio Spurs, enjoying success as a four-time NBA champion in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014. Yet, his storied career may finally come to an end as Achilles pain rears its ugly head just in time for the off-season. NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine have the latest scoop on Ginóbili’s Achilles tendon injury and what to expect if you’re a baller with Achilles pain, inflammation, tearing, or rupture.
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.
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