WNBA Player Jones Ruptures Achilles Tendon

Achilles Tendon InjuriesWhile in Russia playing for Spartak M.R. Vidnoje last week, Connecticut Sun forward Asjha Jones unfortunately suffered an Achilles tendon rupture in her left leg.

Jones will have to miss all of the 2014 WNBA season to have surgery and recover from her injury. This is a big blow to the veteran player, who had to miss all of last season as well. “We are saddened to hear of Asjha’s injury,” said Chris Sienko, Vice President and General Manager of the Sun. “...However, we know Asjha to be strong and determined and hopefully she will be afforded another opportunity to play the game she loves in the future.”

If you have an Achilles tendon injury, consider seeing a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce Greenfield of Havertown Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can teach you all about Achilles injuries and will help you deal with any injuries or concerns you may have.

Facts to Know about Achilles Tendon Injuries

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the human body. Since this tendon is important to walking and movement, any injuries inflicted to this tissue should be immediately brought up with your podiatrist to prevent further damage.

What Are the Most Common Injuries to the Achilles Tendon?

Tendon Ruptures: One may hear a popping or snapping sound if their Achilles tendon ruptures.  Symptoms are swelling, pain, and difficulty walking or bending the foot forward. There are surgical and non-surgical procedures available, and depending on the treatment you take, recovery can last up to a year from treatment.

Achilles tendinitis: Achilles tendinitis is the milder of the two injuries, and can be recognized by the following symptoms: inflammation, dull to severe pain, an increased flow of blood to the tendon, portions of the tendon growing in thickness, and a slower movement time. Tendinitis can be treated in many different ways and is often diagnosed by an MRI.

How Can I Avoid Injuries?

  • Stretch before exercising, running or walking
  • Calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and using the leg press
  • Work out on a floor that is cushioned to relieve pressure on your heels.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Havertown, PA. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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