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Achilles TendonAsjha Jones, a WNBA player for the Connecticut Sun, has ruptured one of her Achilles tendons and won’t be able to play for the upcoming basketball season. The injury occurred during a game she was playing in in Russia.

This is the second season Jones has had to miss in a row due to disability. “We are saddened to hear of Asjha’s injury,” said Chris Sienko, Vice President and General Manager of the Sun. “...However, we know Asjha to be strong and determined and hopefully she will be afforded another opportunity to play the game she loves in the future.”

Achilles tendon injuries need special time and care to heal properly. If you are experiencing pain in your tendon, visit a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can take a look at your injury and provide you with an array of options to help you recover.

Facts to Know about Achilles Tendon Injuries

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body. Since this tendon is important to walking and movement, any injuries inflicted to this tissue should be immediately brought up with your podiatrist to prevent further damage.

What Are the Most Common Injuries to the Achilles Tendon?

Tendon Ruptures:One may hear a popping or snapping sound if their Achilles tendon ruptures.  Symptoms are swelling, pain, and difficulty walking or bending the foot forward. There are surgical and non-surgical procedures available, and depending on the treatment you take, recovery can last up to a year from treatment.

Achilles tendinitis:Achilles tendinitis is the milder of the two injuries, and can be recognized by the following symptoms: inflammation, dull to severe pain, an increased flow of blood to the tendon, portions of the tendon growing in thickness, and a slower movement time. Tendinitis can be treated in many different ways and is often diagnosed by an MRI.

How Can I Avoid Injuries?

  • Stretch before exercising, running or walking
  • Calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and using the leg press
  • Work out on a floor that is cushioned to relieve pressure on your heels.

If you have any questions, feel free to call one of our offices in San Leandro, CA, Pleasonton, CA, or Los Gatos, CA. We offer the best in diagnostic and treatment technology for any complication you might have.

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Achilles TendonAccording to research by Foot and Ankle International Journal, people who participate in casual activities have a higher risk of injuring their achilles tendon than professional athletes.

Research found 400 men in the study who hurt their Achilles damaged it because of recreational sports. Although athletes injure themselves frequently, it is less likely to happen with them than it is with people in recreational activities due to stretching and conditioning.

The older the participant is in recreational activities, the higher a risk they are at of injury. “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 a painful ordeal. An injury like this can be managed by a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Stein can examine your Achilles tendon, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in our body. It is the tendon that connects the heel to the calf muscles. The Achilles tendon helps with basic movement in the legs like walking. As a result, the Achilles tendon can risk incurring Achilles tendinitis or a rupture. Those at risk include people who overexert themselves during physical activity.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms Include:

  • Inflammation
  • Tendon Thickening
  • Slower Movement Time
  • Severe Pain

Achilles Tendon ruptures are caused by the tendon ripping. There are more painful and immediate than Achilles tendinitis. There are surgical and non-surgical methods in treating Achilles tendon ruptures.

While no injury is avoidable, there are preventive measures that can lower your chances like:

  • strengthening exercises like squats and leg presses
  • Stretch your tendon before and after exercise
  • Wear comfortable footwear

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

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