Women almost always seem to get the short end of the stick when it comes to foot problems. Between pregnancy, wearing high heels, and genetic factors they tend to get bunions, neuromas, and fallen arches more often than their male counterparts. But the same is not true for Achilles tendon ruptures.
Those who play high impact sports are already at greater risk for ruptures, but a UW male Husky will tend to get Achilles ruptures more often than a UW woman Husky. However it’s not because men play harder.
It’s actually for a very fundamental reason. Women have increased elasticity and flexibility in their tendons due to the hormone estrogen and their need to be more flexible during pregnancy. And this serves them well when they’re out playing sports.
Men are built to be strong but not so flexible. For example, you won’t many bendy men on the yoga mat.
But gender is by far not the most common reason for a ruptured Achilles. Instead if you’ve had any prior history of Achilles tendonitis due to previous injuries or a chronic case of Achilles tendonitis which can lead to Achilles tendonosis you’re more likely to get a rupture. Achilles tendonosis is a thickening of the tendon that is progressive and degenerative.
Healing an Achilles rupture can take a long time and different methods of treatment can vary depending on the patient and their goals. Most often younger, athletic patients will do best with surgery whereas older, more sedentary people will often opt for non-surgical treatment.
Of course it's always best to see a podiatrist who has the years of experience treating these types of injuries to know the best route for you.
Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.
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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.