David Ortiz (Big Papi) is optimistic with his future as a Red Sox, after sharing some news during spring training. “I think it’s going to happen,” said Ortiz when asked if he’d be in the starting lineup on April 1. Ortiz disappeared from the lineup during the last half of the season with an Achilles injury, which was more serious than anyone imagined. Ortiz was only available to play one game after the injury occurred. Unfortunately, Big Papi only made his injury worse. “I was worried about my Achilles snapping, “said Ortiz. Ortiz feels pretty good and secure getting back to the action after undergoing PRP injections, shockwave therapy and other treatments during the rehab process.
Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury like Ortiz can be a painful ordeal. Luckily, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Neal Mozen of Foot Health Care Associates. Dr. Mozen can examine your Achilles tendon, determine the severity of your injury, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.
What Are the Most 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.
How Can I Avoid Injuries?
• Stretch before exercising, running or walking
• Calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and using the leg press
• Work out on a floor that is cushioned to relieve pressure on your heels.
• Find properly fitting and comfortable shoes
If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Southfield, MI, Livonia, MI, and Novi, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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