416-465-8737

 

TORONTO CHIROPODIST, D.Ch., B.Sc., PODIATRIC MEDICINE

Archive:

Tags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posts for tag: achilles tendon

It’s unlikely Kevin Durant will perform at the same level he did before rupturing his Achilles tendon during the NBA Finals, according to medical experts and academic research. The rehabilitation will be rigorous and take between nine and 12 months. Durant can expect to wear a cast or walking boot for six to 12 weeks. While the Achilles tendon in his right leg heals, his leg muscle will weaken. But it is possible for him to return as a productive player.
 
Dr. Lowell Weil
 
 
Lowell Weil, DPM, a team podiatrist for the Chicago White Sox and a consultant for the Chicago Bulls, pointed to NFL linebacker Terrell Suggs as an example of what’s possible. Suggs, a seven-time Pro Bowler, in 2012 returned to play and registered a sack just five months after surgery for a partial tear of his right Achilles tendon. “So you can still be extremely explosive, and he’s such a talented athlete,’’ Dr. Weil said of Durant. “If he works hard in his recovery, there’s no reason to say he won’t be able to get back to the pinnacle of the profession.’’
 
Source: Josh Peter, USA Today [6/14/19]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 

 

 

 

Your Achilles tendon, or the band of tissue stretching from the back of your heel all the way to your calf, lengthens and shortens with your foot movement. When you point your toes and your heel rises closer to your calf (like you do when wearing heels), your Achilles tendon shortens. But too much shortening is a bad thing, according to Dr. Jane Pontious. Because the Achilles connects to the plantar fascia, or the ligament that stretches along the bottom of your foot, shortening your Achilles tendon pulls on the plantar fascia, causing it stress. The result is a form of pain in your heel and arch known as plantar fasciitis.  
 
At our Toronto foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics we always recommend to our female patients that they never wear high heels.  Not only are they bad for your feet, but also the entire body and one's posture.  
 
Brought to you by Dr. John A. Hardy, owner of Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.
 

 

 

 

PODIATRIST, DR. AMBER SHANE STATES, "WHEN A TYPICAL DAY AT THE BEACH TURNED INTO A TERRIFYING ENCOUNTER WITH A SHARK, 13 YEAR OLD ALYSA WHETRO WONDERED IF SHE'D EVER BE ABLE TO RUN TRACK AGAIN. WE TRIED SOMETHING UNUSUAL TO HEAL HER WOUNDS - TISSUE FROM THE UMBILICAL CORD OF A HEALTHY MOTHER.  THE SHARK HAD SEVERED ALYSA'S ACHILLES TENDON.  IT'S AN INJURY WHICH USUALLY TAKES MORE THAN 6 MONTHS TO HEAL BUT WE USED THE INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUE TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE.  AMNIOTIC TISSUE COMES FROM THE PLACENTA, AND THOSE HAVE BEEN TO SHOWN TO HAVE THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS OF GROWTH FACTORS AND GROWTH CELLS TO HELP TISSUE HEALING.  WE COVERED ALYSA'S SEVERED TENDON WITH A SQUARE PIECE OF OF TISSUE FROM AN UMBILICAL CORD DONATED TO SCIENCE BY A HEALTHY MOTHER.  AFTER 2 MONTHS IN A CAST AND 2 MONTHS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY, SHE IS COMPLETELY HEALED."

AT ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS NONE OF OUR 6 CHIROPODISTS / FOOT SPECIALISTS HAVE EVER HAD TO DEAL WITH A SHARK BITE AND PROBABLY NEVER WILL.  WE ARE THOUGH, A FULLY EQUIPPED, MODERN TORONTO FOOT CLINIC WHICH HAS BEEN PROVIDING HIGH QUALITY FOOT CARE AND CUSTOM ORTHOTICS SINCE 1980.

IF YOU OR A LOVED REQUIRES COMPETENT, HONEST, HIGH QUALITY FOOT CARE OR CUSTOM ORTHOTICS, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US AT 416-465-8737.

BROUGHT TO YOU BY DR. JOHN A. HARDY, RETIRED CHIROPRACTOR, OWNER OF ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS AND STAFF CONSULTANT.

An Achilles tendon rupture is a complete tear of the fibrous tissue that connects the heel to the calf muscle. This is often caused by a sudden movement that overextends the tendon and usually occurs while running or playing sports such as basketball or racquetball. Achilles tendon rupture can affect anyone, but occurs most often in middle-aged men.

Causes of Achilles tendon rupture

An Achilles tendon rupture is often caused by overstretching the tendon. This typically occurs during intense physical activity, such as running or playing basketball. Pushing off from the foot while the knee is straight, pivoting, jumping, and running are all movements that can overstretch the Achilles tendon and cause it to rupture.

A rupture can also occur as the result of trauma that causes an over-stretching of the tendon, such as suddenly tripping or falling from a significant height.

The Achilles tendon is particularly susceptible to injury if it is already weak. Therefore, individuals who have a history of tendinitis or tendinosis are more prone to a tendon rupture. Similarly, individuals who have arthritis and overcompensate for their joint pain by putting more stress on the Achilles tendon may also be more susceptible to an Achilles tendon rupture.

Achilles tendon rupture symptoms

Symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture include: 

  • A popping sound that accompanies the sudden pain when the injury occurs. 
  • Inability to stand on tip-toes or push off when walking. 
  • Pain, swelling, and bruising near the heel. 
  • Stiffness. 
  • Sudden and severe pain in the back of the ankle or calf when the injury occurs, as if struck by a hard object. 
  • Visible gap in the tendon above the heel bone. 
  • Weakness.

One way to confirm the injury is to squeeze the calf muscles while lying on your stomach. If the foot does not point or move when the calf muscles are squeezed, then the tendon is likely torn.

An MRI or ultrasound can also confirm that the Achilles tendon is in fact torn.

Treatment of Achilles tendon rupture

A ruptured Achilles tendon can be treated with or without surgery.

Non-surgical

Non-surgical treatment typically involves wearing a brace or cast for the first six weeks following the injury to allow time for the ends of the torn tendon to reattach on their own. Over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or aspirin, may be taken during this time to reduce pain and swelling. Once the tendon has reattached, physical therapy will be needed to strengthen the muscles and tendon. A full recovery is usually made within four to six months.

If you or a loved one requires honest, competent advice or quality foot care and orthotics, please do not hesitate to contact Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics at 416-465-8737.

 

 

The Achilles tendon located in the heel of the foot was named after one of the most famous mythical characters from Ovid's 'Iliad'.  in an attempt to immortalize her son, Thetas (Achilles' Mother) dipped Achilles into the River Styx, holding him by his ankle.  Therefore the ankle became the only part of his body capable of sustaining a mortal wound.  This is why the strongest tendon in the foot achired the name of Achilles tendon.

If you or a loved requires honest, competent advice or quality foot care, please do not hesitate to contact Dr.Hardy, owner of Toronto Foot Clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics at 416-465-8737.  Remember, we always treat our patients like family!



Academy Clinics has a special interest in high quality custom orthotics.

 

416-465-8737

Toronto, ON Chiropodist
Academy Foot and Orthotic

752 BROADVIEW AVENUE
Toronto, ON M4K 2P1 

Across from the Broadview Subway
Professional  Family  Foot  Care

PROFESSIONAL
FOOT CLINIC

CHIROPODIST / FOOT SPECIALIST,  B.Sc. PODIATRIC MEDICINE / ACADEMY FOOT & ORTHOTIC CLINICS, 752 Broadview Ave , Toronto ON, M4K 2P1 416-465-8737