“Big Papi,” David Ortiz said on Monday in Fort Myers that he knows how valuable he is to the Red Sox offense, but he wouldn’t risk further injury by coming back too soon. Ortiz tried to do just that last season and he suffered a setback, which he is still trying to rehab.
“That’s the thing we pretty much are trying to avoid, coming back and not being able to stay in the lineup the way everybody expects me to be,” he said. “I’m going to push it depending on how I feel. I’m going to try to be smart about it. When I go back in, I want to be in. Setbacks are very frustrating.” Ortiz strained his right Achilles’ tendon last July 16. He came off the disabled list and played against the Royals Aug. 24, getting two hits and driving in two runs. However he aggravated his injury and didn’t return to play the rest of the season.
Dealing with anAchilles tendon injurylike Ortiz can be a painful ordeal. Luckily, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can examine your Achilles tendon, determine the severity of your injury, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.
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.
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