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The Reality Of An Achillies Tendon Rupture

Thursday, November 07, 2013

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body, but even it can be injured.  Many professional athletes, from all different sports, like football, basketball, and baseball, suffer from this injury.  It can end their season, and potentially, their career.  Here in New England, we are anxious to see how out favorite Patriots Defensive lineman, Vince Wilfork recovers from his recent Achilles rupture.

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It takes about 6-9 months of rehabilitation to recover properly from an Achilles tendon repair surgery.  If your sport involves jumping, sometimes it takes longer.

So, the most important treatment is prevention.  The risk factors for having a rupture include not having enough calf muscle strength or adequate flexibility.  These issues can be addressed very easily with some simple strength and stretching exercises. 

Calf stretching in two positions, with the back knee both bent and straight can be helpful to address the soleus and gastrocnemius muscles (the two muscles of the calf) length

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One legged calf raises are good for strength and endurance.  If you are using your body weight, some studies show you should be able to do at least 30-40 repetitions before you fatigue, if you are going to participate in sports that involve lots of running and jumping.

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Many other options for treatment exist and a health professional can help you decide what is right for you.  Whether you are just trying to prevent an Achilles tendon rupture, you have Achilles tendonitis or you have had a surgical repair, physical therapy has been shown to help you return to your prior life. Contact me at Brent.Butler@JointVenturesPT.com  if you have further questions.

 

Brent Butler, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

 

 

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