NBA player Jeff Taylor of the Bobcats will be off the court for the rest of the season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon during a game against the Detroit Pistons. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said it would be too early to estimate how many months Taylor will be out, though surgery will definitely tell the severity of the injury, even if Clifford believes Taylor will be ‘just fine’.
“What I relayed to him is it’s unfortunate for him and really unfortunate for his teammates, because he’s a big part of this team,” Clifford said. “But his mindset has to be on his career now. And for his career, it shouldn’t be a problem. From what other guys (rehabbing from similar injuries) have done, if he has the same approach to his injury that he has to improving his game, then he should come back and be 100 percent.”
Achilles tendon injuries hurt. If you suffered an injury to your Achilles tendon you should consider seeing a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can evaluate and treat your condition.
Just What Is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in our bodies. As the tendon that connects the heel to the calf muscles, the Achilles tendon helps with even the most basic movement in the legs such as walking. As a result, the Achilles tendon can risk incurring Achilles tendinitis or even a rupture. Those especially at risk include people who overexert themselves during physical activity, namely athletes.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms Include:
- Increased Blood Flow
- Tendon Thickening
- Slower Movement Time
- Pain ranging from dull to severe
Achilles Tendon ruptures are caused by the tendon ‘snapping’ or ripping. There are often more painful and immediate as opposed to Achilles tendinitis. There are surgical and non-surgical methods in treating Achilles tendon ruptures, with recovery time possibly taking up to a year.
While no injury is completely avoidable, there are preventive measures that can lower your chances. This includes:
- Incorporating strengthening exercises to your workout regimen such as squats and leg presses
- Stretch your tendon before and after exercise
- Wear comfortable, fitted footwear that is occasion-specific
And of course, if you believe you have injured your Achilles tendon be sure to visit a podiatrist immediately, as they can help diagnose and address your problem.
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