Last week, Seattle Seahawks cornerback, Richard Sherman, was forced to exit the game after suffering a season-ending Achilles tendon rupture during the third quarter.
“I’ve put a lot of stress on it,” Sherman said during a post-game conference, revealing that his Achilles had been bothering him all season. “Think it would have gone eventually.”
The Achilles tendon—a tendon that connects the lower leg and calf to the heel of the foot—is the strongest tendon in the body and essential for making movement possible. The most common types of injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptured tendons, which often result in inflammation, severe pain, swelling, and in certain cases, complete immobility.
Through a physical evaluation, your podiatrist will be able to confirm the diagnosis through radiological testing and develop a plan of treatment. Depending on the severity of the injury, there are surgical and non-surgical options (such as Zimmer/Radial Shockwave Therapy, which is available in our office for tendinitis/tendonosis), but for athletes such as Sherman, surgery is usually the first choice of treatment. The advantage of a surgical approach includes a decreased risk of re-rupture and a higher likelihood of return to physical activities.
If you or someone you know is dealing with an Achilles tendon issue, it’s important to see your podiatrist immediately. Our podiatrists, Marc A. Borovoy, DPM, and John D. Miller, DPM, are experts in all areas of foot and ankle care, and will be happy to assist you with any problems you may be experiencing. Feel free to contact our office at (248)348-5300 or request an appointment on our website.