Welsh sprinter Christian Malcolm will not be able to participate in next month’s World Championships in Moscow, due to an Achilles tendon injury.
The four-time Olympian said “I have had an Achilles problem for the last six years and I have always had to take off between four and eight weeks off in the winter”, additionally claiming that “I have got a bit of an Achilles tear that I picked up in April.” The 34 year old athlete still hopes to be able to reach the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow by next year.
Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury can be frustrating and a painful ordeal. However, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel can examine your Achilles tendon as well as other foot and ankle injuries, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.
What Is the Achilles Tendon?
- The Achilles Tendon connects the foot’s heal to the lower leg and calf muscles
- It is the strongest tendon in the human body
- Movement that involves the legs such as walking, running and jumping are facilitated by the Achilles tendon
The Achilles tendon is at risk for Achilles tendinitis or an Achilles Tendon Rupture. Those at risk for incurring either type of Achilles tendon injury include athletes and people who generally overexert themselves during physical activity.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
- Tendon thickening
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Slower Movement Time
- Increased Blood Flow
Achilles Tendon Rupture Symptoms
- Caused by tendon ripping or snapping
- Treatment and recovery time may take up to a year
- Both surgical and non-surgical methods are available
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