The Lakers are just not the same without their main star, Kobe Bryant. Bryant suffered a nasty Achilles injury that put him out of the game for seven months. Finally after many hours of surgery and rehab, Bryant has returned to the game. It was a slow start for Bryant, but he is finally looking like himself with his most recent win.
While Achilles injuries are common in athletes and runners, they can happen to anyone. You don’t have to be one of the most popular basketball players in the world to feel the pain that Kobe did.
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, yet often overlooked when it comes to stretching. It is also more at risk for injury, since it endures a great amount of force from the weight of the body.
Causes of Achilles Injury
There are a few different causes that can cause injury to the Achilles tendon.
- Overuse of the Achilles tendon
- Overpronation, which happens when the foot rolls in towards the arch.
- Supination, which is the opposite of overpronation, and the foot rolls outward.
- High heels, when worn frequently, cause the tendon to shorten overtime.
- Being overweight puts more pressure on the tendon.
- Conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, and gout can also cause issues.
- Short, tight calf muscles
Preventing and Treating Achilles Injuries
The Achilles tendon takes a long time to heal since it does not receive a lot of blood flow, like other parts of the body. Prevention is always best, and Achilles injuries can be prevented through proper stretching, right footwear, and not overdoing exercise. If one does have overpronation or supination, these issues can be sovled with the help of orthotics.
Chiropractic care can also help prevent issues with the Achilles tendon, since a chiropractor helps keep all of your bones in line, which prevents putting your leg out of alignment. A chiropractor can also help treat Achilles tendon as a supplement treatment. A chiropractor may be able to help increase blood flow and increase flexibility and mobility of the legs through a wellness adjustment.
Achilles injuries are definitely an injury that should be avoided, since they will take weeks, sometimes months, to heal. Taking the proper prevention steps and visiting your chiropractor regularly can help you avoid many injuries, especially Achilles injuries.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.