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Monday, 31 August 2015 00:00

New York Jets Lose Antonio Allen Due to Torn Achilles tendon

broken-foot4 Antonio Allen of the New York Jets has torn his right Achilles tendon during training camp, making him ineligible to play during the upcoming season. The injury occurred as Allen was coming out of his stance during a practice run and needed to be helped off the field. Although the team initially did not know how long the injury would keep the safety off of the roster, it seems as though everyone fully understands that Allen will be out for the rest of the season.

Achilles tendon injuries and problems need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns contact one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctor 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

- Inflammation

- Dull to Severe Pain

- Increased blood flow to the tendon

- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- 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 offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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