After recently injuring his Achilles tendon, Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has shared that he will not be undergoing surgery to repair the injury. The goalkeeper’s Achilles tendon has been the repetitive source of issues since Real Madrid’s recent match against Spain. It was revealed that Navas had suffered a partial rupture of the Achilles tendon in his left foot and swelling around the heel. Navas tweeted: “Happy, thank God, the club doctors have assessed me in Madrid and have discarded an operation on the heel injury.”
Achilles tendon injuries are painful and may make it difficult to walk. If you have any concerns with your feet contact one of our podiatrists from Northeast Wisconsin Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
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, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves 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
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Appleton, WI. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.