Phillies outfielder Dominic Brown suffered an injury to his Achilles that forced him to leave the field in the middle of the latest game against the Braves. Although manager Ryne Sandberg hopes Brown will come back to the team earlier than the end of September, he will be cautious not to rush his return.
Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury can be frustrating and a painful ordeal. However, 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 as well as other foot and ankle injuries, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.
Just What Is Achilles Tendinitis?
Those especially at risk of incurring Achilles tendinitis or even a rupture include people who overexert themselves during physical activity, namely athletes.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms Include:
- Increased Blood Flow
- Tendon Thickening
- Slower Movement Time
- Pain ranging from dull to severe
Achilles Tendon ruptures are caused by the tendon ‘snapping’ or ripping. There are often more painful and immediate as opposed to Achilles tendinitis. There are surgical and non-surgical methods in treating Achilles tendon ruptures, with recovery time possibly taking up to a year.
While no injury is completely avoidable, there are preventive measures that can lower your chances. This includes:
- Incorporating strengthening exercises to your workout regimen such as squats and leg presses
- Stretch your tendon before and after exercise
- Wear comfortable, fitted footwear that is occasion-specific
And of course, if you believe you have injured your Achilles tendon be sure to visit a podiatrist immediately, as they can help diagnose and address your problem.
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