White Sox Prospect Tears Achilles Tendon

Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

Jake Burger, who is the top third base prospect for the Chicago White Sox, recently tore his Achilles tendon. This is the second time he has suffered this injury, and it occurred while he was in recovery from his first tear. In regards to the injury, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn states, “Unfortunately for Jake, we are back to square one.” Burger suffered the second tear while at his home in Arizona; he was walking around in his backyard when he unfortunately felt a pop. Hahn mentioned that “nothing could have been done to prevent this, much like the first one.”  

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Gary Prant of Arbor Foot Health Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 create immense 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 injuries 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 office located in Austin, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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