If you have read any of my previous blog posts over the last couple months, you will notice a common thread. I am a huge basketball fan and more specifically, a Laker fan. Growing up in Southern California, the Lakers are always a topic of conversation, even if they have a down year or if it’s the offseason. This year has been especially tumultuous due to the high expectations of this year’s team that came with the high profile acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash during the offseason, as well as the firing of Mike Brown and the hiring of Mike D’Antoni as the coach.
But, as we all know, it takes more than marquee names and money to put together a winning team. This season for the Lakers has tested their will to win. Despite all of the obstacles, Kobe Bryant and his Lakers were primed to squeak into the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. In order to be in this position, the 34 year old Bryant had to play extended minutes, even an entire game without a rest if needed. It seemed as if this effort was about to payoff, until a recent game against the Golden State warriors.
Bryant was about to make a drive to the basket when he felt a kick in the back of his leg. Kobe went to the floor in pain unable to walk. He looked at the guy defending him to see if he had kicked his leg. When that player denied touching him, Bryant knew the he had seriously injured himself. After being examined, it was determined that Bryant had ruptured his Achilles tendon, an injury that required him to undergo surgery.
Achilles tendon injuries are very common injuries in both high trained athletes and the average 40 year old playing sports on the weekend. These injuries can be treated conservatively without surgery, or with surgical repair. The choice to pursue either choice depends on age, medical history, and patient activity goals after surgery. If you live in Northern Georgia or the greater Chattanooga area and are experiencing Achilles tendon pain, come see us at Advanced Foot Care Centers. We have locations from Hixson, TN to Dalton, GA, as well as several locations in Chattanooga. Dr. Ira Kraus will be able to work with you to resolve your symptoms and prevent rupture in the future.