Adelaide Crows captain Nathan van Berlo will be out for the rest of the season after a weighted training sled cut open his heel and ruptured his Achilles tendon. Training sleds are weighted equipment that athletes pull around to build their strength. Injuries caused by sleds are very rare, and since the particulars of the incident are still unconfirmed, the Crows have decided to perform their own internal examination of the events.
Achilles tendon injuries are often serious, and leaving them untreated is usually impossible. For help caring for this type of injury, you can turn to Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can present you with a wide array of treatment options to assist you in getting back on your feet.
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, such as:
- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses
- Proper fitting shoes
- A healthy diet
If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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