Georgia State coach, Ron Hunter celebrated a little too much after winning 38 to 36 against Southern Georgia for the Panthers' Sun Belt Conference tournament championship. While the team was celebrating on the court, Hunter jumped up and immediately knew it wasn't going to be good coming down. Coach Hunter tore his Achilles on his right side years ago and now he ruptured his Achilles on the left side. Ron states his pain from 1 to 10 is a 17 – but nothing is stopping him from being with his team, and most importantly, his son. The team doctor said she's going to cast it for now and do everything she can after the tournament.
At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists, we often see tendon tears. Tendon tears occur from overuse and over long periods of time. The constant tension on the Achilles tendon quickly will cause it to rupture or tear in half. This usually happens to the “weekend warriors”, athletes, or simply someone who turned their foot the wrong way. When your tendon is torn, or even partially torn, it is nearly impossible to walk.
Some symptoms you may notice are a sudden, sharp pain or a loud “pop” noise. On a younger person the treatment is to repair it surgically. However, for an older individual, or for someone who possibly tore his/her Achilles, we usually cast it for four to six weeks to get you walking and mobile as fast as possible. Another treatment option is an injection of cryopreserved amniotic fluid. No matter what, rest is vital to the healing process!
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