Description: http://cdn0.sbnation.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/6520883/20130113_jel_sj7_067.0_standard_730.0.jpgHouston Texan’s rookie wide receiver DeVier Posey had a bittersweet performance in his postseason game against the New England Patriots, scoring his first ever career touchdown reception but also tearing his Achilles tendon late in the 4th quarter. According to sources, Posey will need surgery to correct the injury and might not be available at the beginning of next season.

Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury like Posey’s can be a painful ordeal. Luckily, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. James C. Ricketti of New Jersey.   Dr. Ricketti can examine your Achilles tendon, determine the severity of your injury, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.

What Are the Most Common Injuries to the Achilles Tendon?

Tendon Ruptures: One may hear a popping or snapping sound if their Achilles tendon ruptures.  Symptoms are swelling, pain, and difficulty walking or bending the foot forward. There are surgical and non-surgical procedures available, and depending on the treatment you take, recovery can last up to a year from treatment.

Achilles tendinitis: Achilles tendinitis is the milder of the two injuries, and can be recognized by the following symptoms: inflammation, dull to severe pain, an increased flow of blood to the tendon, portions of the tendon growing in thickness, and a slower movement time. Tendinitis can be treated in many different ways and is often diagnosed by an MRI.

How Can I Avoid Injuries?

  • Stretch before exercising, running or walking
  • Calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and using the leg press
  • Work out on a floor that is cushioned to relieve pressure on your heels.
  • Find properly fitting and comfortable shoes

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

Read our Article to learn more about Achilles tendon injuries

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