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The Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros underwent surgery on August 7th, 2012 to repair a torn right Achilles tendon. The Flyers’ defenseman will be sidelined indefinitely, and will not return until next season, according to Inquirer staff writer Sam Carchidi. Meszaros was a key member of the team and with his absence, their defense is now in disarray, says Carchidi.

As Meszaros shows us, an Achilles tendon injury is a serious foot injury that can sideline you for long periods of time during your recovery. Foot injuries like Meszaros’ can leave a team scrambling to find replacements and solutions to get back in the game. If you are experiencing heel pain or foot pain and think it might be caused by an Achilles tendon injury, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Michael Stein of East Bay Foot Doctor. Dr. Stein can examine your feet and ankles to determine the cause of any foot pain or ankle pain you might be experiencing, and also provide recommendations for treatment options if an Achilles tendon injury is discovered.

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. 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
- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve 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
- Proper fitting shoes
- A healthy diet

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices which are located in San Leandro, Pleasanton and Los Gatos.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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