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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

Achilles Injury Cancels Seasonal Flight for Atlanta Falcon

sean-weatherspoonSean Weatherspoon of the Atlanta Falcons has ended his 2014 season early as a result of a ruptured Achilles tendon. According to a team statement by Falcons coach Mike Smith, “We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon.”

“Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery.” Smith added. Achilles injuries generally take from six months to a year to heal.

Injuries to the Achilles tendon are very painful. If you injured your Achilles tendon, see one of our three podiatrists at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland. Our podiatrists can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in La Plata, Prince Frederick, Lexington Park, and Owing, MD. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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