San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was told he is unable to play after having surgery on his right Achilles tendon. The athlete endured surgery to repair his tendon, and the 49ers are hopeful he will make his return in 2013. Crabtree underwent the injury to his foot during 7-on-7 drills in a group collaborated activity.
"Surgery was successful and we do not anticipate it will be season-ending for Michael. It was completely torn, and completely repaired," said coach Jim Harbaugh. Crabtree has recovered successfully from several injuries in the past, including a neck injury and a year later a broken foot. "It's a setback, but Michael's young, he's strong. Everything will be a positive approach to healing and we'll anticipate great things," Harbaugh said.
Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury can be an “unbearable frustration” and a painful ordeal. However, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr can examine your Achilles tendon, determine the severity of your injury, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.
What is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles to the calf and heel of the foot. The strongest tendon in the body, it is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such so important, any injuries to it can cause severe complications and should immediately be presented to a doctor.
What Are the 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.
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