Four hundred meter national record holder, Tabari Henry of the Virgin Islands who is still recovering from an Achilles injury, is chomping at the bit to start competing once again. This semi-finalist at the London 2010 Olympic Games who has more than a passing resemblance to Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman also appears to have a similar sense of grit. “It's more (about) getting my confidence back. It has been a rough roller-coaster ride for the past year for me. But I stuck with a plan and set goals, and now I'm on the high end of recovery." Not one to wallow with an injury he took it as an opportunity to complete his studies at Texas A & M.

An Achilles tendon rupture is often seen among weekend warriors and baby boomers. Sprinting, such as running to first base, pivoting, or other rapid acceleration can cause the tendon to stretch beyond its capacity causing it to tear. Injury can also be the result of tripping or falling.

Signs and Symptoms

A person with a ruptured Achilles tendon may experience one or more of the following:

  • Sudden pain (which feels like a kick or a stab) in the back of the ankle or calf – often subsiding into a dull ache
  • A popping or snapping sensation
  • Swelling on the back of the leg between the heel and the calf
  • Difficulty walking (especially upstairs or uphill) and difficulty rising up on the toes

From American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Apply the R.I.C.E. Protocol

As soon as possible follow the RICE Protocol as discussed in my previous blog “American Snowboarder Competes At Olympics Despite Broken Ankle”. Immediately follow up with a call to your physician or podiatrist.

It’s important to follow the example of Tabari Henry by staying off your injured foot and setting some goals for your recovery. We’ll help you do that at the Foot and Ankle Center of Lake City where our Seattle podiatrists are skilled in conservative and surgical procedures to help you get back to doing what you love.  Call us at 206-368-7000.

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