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By contactus@michaelwynndpm.com
January 11, 2016
Tags: Foot Pain   Achilles Tendon   Injury  

World Cup alpine ski racer Askel Lund Svindal has recently bounced back after injuring his Achilles tendon. His successful recovery and return have left the skier in high spirits: “I enjoy the process and that’s a sign I could do this for a while. As long as I’m healthy and able to be fast and have good friends--some of my teammates are my best friends--there’s no reason not to do this.” Since his World Cup debut in 2001, Svindal has scored eleven medals at major championships; three of those a respective gold, silver, and bronze at the Vancouver Olympics.    

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you believe you are having problems with your Achilles tendon, consult with Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn 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 bone of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

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

- Snapping sensation

- 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 unable to immediately see your podiatrist, remember to Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate until then.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Just days before Russell Crowe turns 50, he has finally come out and revealed the staggering extent of his injuries while working on action-flicks.

In an interview on an Australian radio station, Nova FM, he’s quoted as saying, “At 49, I find it a bit difficult to run these days. I have grade four tears in both Achilles, I have shin splints, no cartilage in the toes in my right foot, I’ve got bone marrow edemas in under my knees, and I have one degenerating hip…”

Despite the troubles he’s been having, Crowe was able to laugh when asked about his injuries. He jokes that he’s been, “...picking up injuries since 184 A.D.,” a definite nod to his role as Maximus in the 2000 movie Gladiator.

Working on your feet can create long-term effects if you don’t take care of them the right way. The best way to avoid chronic ailments is to see podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will assess your risk of being injured on the job and offer advice about how to keep your feet safe.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – choosing this shoe places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – our feet were not designed to be enclosed for hours, or all day. Allow yourself to expose your feet.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and stretches is beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – stretching the foot out flat on the floor, will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

Keep your feet healthy and your body will thank you for it.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Kingwood, TX. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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Achilles TendonMovie 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:

  • Inflammation
  • 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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