Houston Texan’s rookie wide receiver DeVier Posey had a bittersweet performance in his postseason game against the New England Patriots, scoring his first ever career touchdown reception but also tearing his Achilles tendon late in the 4th quarter. According to sources, Posey will need surgery to correct the injury and might not be available at the beginning of next season.
Even nonathletes may experience trouble with their Achilles’ tendons. If you think you have sustained an Achilles tendon injury you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. David Lambarski of North East Foot Care, LLC. Dr. Lambarski can diagnose your injury and provide you with treatment options.
Facts to Know about Achilles Tendon Injuries
The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body. Since this tendon is important to walking and movement, any injuries inflicted to this tissue should be immediately brought up with your podiatrist to prevent further damage.
What Are the Most Common Injuries to the Achilles Tendon?
Tendon Ruptures: One may hear a popping or snapping sound if their Achilles tendon ruptures. Symptoms are swelling, pain, and difficulty walking or bending the foot forward. There are surgical and non-surgical procedures available, and depending on the treatment you take, recovery can last up to a year from treatment.
Achilles tendinitis: Achilles tendinitis is the milder of the two injuries, and can be recognized by the following symptoms: inflammation, dull to severe pain, an increased flow of blood to the tendon, portions of the tendon growing in thickness, and a slower movement time. Tendinitis can be treated in many different ways and is often diagnosed by an MRI.
How Can I Avoid Injuries?
· Stretch before exercising, running or walking
· Calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and using the leg press
· Work out on a floor that is cushioned to relieve pressure on your heels.
· Find properly fitting and comfortable shoes
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Amsterdam, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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