Devin Coleman, a player for the Clemson University basketball team, will be out for the 2012-2013 season due to an Achilles tendon injury. The rising sophomore guard tore his Achilles tendon during a practice drill. Coleman had just recovered from a hip/groin injury, and now will be out for the rest of the season due to this new injury. 

Bouncing back from a foot injury is no small feat, and requires time to rehab the foot back to full strength. Podiatrists like Dr. James Ricketti at his practice, provide Achilles tendon care and allow you to rehab your injury quickly and efficiently with the latest treatment options, making the entire process a manageable ordeal.

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?

The most common injuries to the Achilles tendon are ruptures and Achilles tendinitis. Tendinitis is the milder of the two injuries.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon

Achilles 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, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses
- Well-fitting shoes
- A healthy diet

It is very important to seek out a podiatrist if you believe you have an injury in the Achilles region, because further damage could result in severe complications that would make being mobile difficult, if not impossible.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot complications.

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