After recently having an MRI on his left Achilles, Domonic Brown, outfielder of the Philadelphia Phillies, has been confirmed with tendinitis. Brown had been complaining of soreness in his Achilles tendon during his game against the Yankees, eventually causing the athlete to leave the field during the third inning. The team reports that Brown is a day to day case, but the athlete could potentially miss one week. “I’m definitely frustrated,” stated Brown. “It seemed like we were going in the right direction, but it was grabbing me a little.”

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you believe you are having problems with your Achilles tendon, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Any tendon injuries, however, can create serious difficulty.

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

- Inflammation

- Dull to Severe Pain

- Increased blood flow to the tendon

- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot

- 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 you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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