Did you know that the Achilles tendon is the thickest and strongest tendon in the human body? It is about 15 cm long and connects the calf muscles to the heel bone.
When the calf muscles flex, the Achilles tendon pulls on the heel which allows you to point your toes toward the floor or raise on your tiptoes, as well as push off for propelling the body forward as you walk. You rely on it virtually every time you walk, jump or move your foot in any direction.
Try to feel it - at the back of your ankle and above your heel you will feel a springy, narrow band of tissue. That’s the Achilles tendon!
Despite its strength, the Achilles tendon is vulnerable to injury, because of the limited blood supply the tendon receives, and the high tensions placed on it. This is especially true in sports that engage the calf and the heel a lot, such as squash, tennis, basketball, football or running, where a rapid push-off is required.
The injury can be mild or moderate and it may feel like a burning pain or stiffness in that area of your leg. If the pain is severe, your Achilles tendon may be partly torn or completely ruptured, and that’s when you should contact a sports medicine doctor in Boca Raton without unnecessary delay because your injury may require surgical intervention.
A tear, or rupture, of the Achilles tendon is one of the most devastating injuries which a competitive and recreational athlete can suffer. But not just an athlete. It can happen to anyone of us who walk, jog, wear high-heels or play with kids.
Luckily, there is much that can be done to reduce the chances of injuring the Achilles tendon:
A tendon injury, depending on its severity, can be a serious problem and may result in excruciating pain and permanent disability if untreated. Always consult a specialist at sports medicine Boca Raton if you sustain an Achilles tendon injury.
Orthopaedic Surgery Associates has helped many professional and recreational athletes get back on their feet throughout the years. We have qualified orthopaedic specialists and state-of-the-art technology. With us, you are in good hands! For more information, request an appointment or call us directly at (561) 395-5733.
The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Â Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines for the first time on treatment for children with concussions, stating that they will provide doctors with the "tools they need to ensure the best outcomes for their young patients" with mTBI (mild traumatic brain injury).
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), or concussion, in children is a rapidly growing public health concern in the United States. It can disrupt the physiological function of the brain and may be caused by something as common as a bump to the head or by something more serious like a blow, or a jolt. CDC’s Pediatric mTBI Guideline has been issued with the goal to improve the treatment of this injury.
Children have the highest rate of emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury (TBI) of all age groups. TBI affects children differently than it does grown-ups. An injury of any severity to the developing brain can disrupt a child’s growth and may affect his or her participation in sports. As a result of TBI, children can experience deviations in their overall health, cognitive functions or behavioral functions. It can have an impact on their learning abilities, too.
• Do not routinely image pediatric patients to diagnose mTBI.
• Use validated, age-appropriate symptom scales to diagnose mTBI.
• Assess for risk factors for prolonged recovery.
• Provide patients with instructions on returning to activity, customized to their symptoms.
• Counsel patients to return to non-sports activities gradually after no more than 2–3 days of rest.
With concern for concussions in children on the rise, the CDC addresses parents and coaches to raise awareness of this serious issue. Children who play contact sports are especially at risk!
Remember that the earlier you recognize the problem the faster the orthopedic doctor in Boynton Beach or Boca Raton can help!
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Whether it’s post-injury help or a consultation about your child’s first symptoms, our orthopedic doctors in Boynton Beach or Boca Raton provide total management of patient care in Palm Beach County. If you’d like to find out more about us, our doctors, and our facilities, or you want to make an appointment, contact us. We will help you stay healthy and happy!
The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.
Whether it’s post-injury help or consultation about your first symptoms, our orthopedic doctors provide total management of patient care. Contact us find out more about OSA, our doctors, and our facilities, or to get started as a patient.