Movie actor Russell Crowe of ‘Les Miserables’ has been on intense daily workout regimes which have taken a toll on his body, leaving him with injuries to both his Achilles tendons and bruised big toe.
Crowe completed a grueling 10 km run, eventually needing Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections to correct the muscles in his feet. Crowe also turned to social media, tweeting: “Jolly old morning. PRP injections in both Achilles tendons & one big toe… I am replicating tendon as I tweet...brand new soon, no w/o 2day.” In one response to his tweet a follower stated: “You’re getting old. It happens.”
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. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn 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 the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in our bodies. As the tendon that connects the heel to the calf muscles, the Achilles tendon helps with even the most basic movement in the legs such as walking. As a result, the Achilles tendon can risk incurring Achilles tendinitis or even a rupture. Those especially at risk 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
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