jessica-ennisNewly pregnant Jessica Ennis will be taking a break from participating in world-class athletic competitions for a while to get ready for her baby and to heal her injured Achilles tendon. “I started getting severe pain in my left heel last June but it was only after I had a few scans that doctors identified that the tendon in my Achilles had been damaged,” the heptathlete said of her condition.

“All the continuous training for London 2012 had put an unbearable strain on it.” Steroid injections proved ineffective on her, so Ennis will not take part in the World Championship in Moscow as planned, but this way her tendon can recover naturally without the need for surgery.

If you have hurt your Achilles tendon, it may be wise to seek immediate medical attention. For more information about injuries to the lower extremity, seek the care of podiatrist Dr. James C. Ricketti of Hamilton. Dr. Ricketti can discuss the possible ways damage can occur to your Achilles with you and help identify if you have a serious injury.

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.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Hamilton, NJ. We offer all the newest in diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle conditions.

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