Giving individuals the ability to walk, run and jump, the Achilles tendon is the largest in the human body. Though it can withstand various forces and quick movements, such as when an athlete explodes with power during a race or when a basketball player pivots and turns during a game, it is still prone to injury. In fact, an Achilles Tendon Tear is a common injury, and is more often experienced by middle-aged male weekend warriors, as noted by Very Well Health.
Also referred to as an Achilles rupture, an Achilles tear is considered a traumatic injury, as the onset of pain is sudden and severe. Many individuals experience the feeling of being kicked in the heel, even though this has not happened. What’s more, many report hearing a “pop” sound. Finally, because of the defect in the Achilles tendon following a tear, a person will not be able to move their foot or point their toe.
While most Achilles tendon tears are the result of an injury, up to 20% of individuals experience Achilles tendonitis prior to the rupture of their tendon. In other words, these individuals may have noticed stiffness or loss of mobility in the area surrounding their Achilles tendon, along with pain and inflammation.
Achilles Tendon Tear/Rupture: Treatment
Patients are awarded a variety of options when it comes to treatment of an Achilles tear. Yet, the most effective treatment depends on the age of an individual, activity level and the severity of their injury.
Nonsurgical treatment for an Achilles tear includes resting the tendon, applying ice, taking over the counter pain relievers and rehabilitation with weight-bearing exercises. Cortisone steroid injections are a versatile alternative for those with inflamed tendons that continue to experience pain while resting after an injury. Moreover, precision-guided stem cell injections and Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are a simple, highly effective treatment that maximizes the body’s natural healing process.
As a board-certified Radiologist with subspecialty training in musculoskeletal interventional procedures, Dr. Reza Dehdari of Advanced Healing Institute is an expert in his field. Having completed extensive training in performing procedures with utmost precision using ultrasound guidance, Dr. Dehdari remains a trusted physician for arthritis and sports-related injuries and conditions.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dehdari, or for a second opinion concerning your injury, contact Advanced Healing Institute in Lake Forest, CA today.
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