Jeff Taylor, a small forward for the Charlotte Bobcats, sustained a rupture in his right Achilles tendon that will bench him for the rest of the season. It still hasn’t been confirmed exactly how bad the rupture is, so the Bobcats are withholding speculation about when he’ll be able to play again. Taylor was a starting player for the past eight games, although the Bobcats have replacements lined up to fill in for him.
“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,” said coach Steve Clifford. “But his mindset has to be on his career now. And for his career, it shouldn’t be a problem.”
Achilles tendon injuries can be quite serious and should be treated with care. When dealing with a tendon injury a podiatrist like Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry can be an invaluable resource. Dr. Tarr can assist you in finding the best method of treatment for your needs.
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
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- 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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