Although Steve Smith of the Baltimore Ravens was set to retire after tearing his Achilles tendon during a game against San Diego, he may return to the NFL. ESPN.com reporter Jim Trotter describes, “This guy is just an insane competitor, and I think as long as his body works appropiately he’s really going to have a hard time next August saying, ‘Oh, wow. Guys are going to camp...he’s got a lot left in the tank.”
Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you need your feet checked, see Dr. Jordan Rachlin of New York. Our doctor will treat your growing feet in addition to other podiatric-related needs.
What is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel bone of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.
What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?
There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Snapping sensation
- Total immobility
Treatment and Prevention
Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:
- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses
If unable to immediately see your podiatrist, remember to Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate until then.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Monroe, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.