Outdoor activities like tennis, jogging or perhaps a brisk walk in the park might not be as safe as you think for your feet. In a recent study conducted by Foot and Ankle International Journal, more people are growing susceptible to Achilles tendon injuries from recreational activities and less are happening from participation in professional sports.
Although athletes like famous basketball player Kobe Bryant injure themselves frequently, it is less likely to happen with them than it is with people who engage in recreational activities due to excessive stretching and conditioning. Additionally, the older the participant is in recreational activities, the higher a risk they are act of injuring themselves. “Meanwhile, you’re at a higher risk because as you get older, your tissue gets less and less elastic, says Dr. Steven Raikin, author of the study.
Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury can be an “unbearable frustration” and a painful ordeal. However, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can examine your Achilles tendon, determine the severity of your injury, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.
What is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles to the calf and heel of the foot. The strongest tendon in the body, it is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such so important, any injuries to it can cause severe complications and should immediately be presented to a doctor.
What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?
- Pain Ranging From Dull to Severe
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
Treatment and Prevention
- Stretching 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 Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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