After Achilles Tendon Injury, Kobe is Back
It has been a long road to recovery for Kobe Bryant since injuring his Achilles tendon back in April. Â Following the injury, he underwent reconstructive surgery on the tendon toward the end of the 2012-2013 basketball season. Â The longtime-Lakers star returned to the court in time for opening day, even sinking a slam dunk – the first of many more to come as he continues his successful NBA career.
Kobe has been a fierce warrior for the LA Lakers since his debut in 1996, a true force to be reckoned with on the court. Â Now fully recovered from his injured Achilles tendon, Kobe Bryant is not the first warrior to have been struck down by the heel.
The infamous â€œAchilles Heelâ€ is more than just a metaphor, named for the Greek warrior of legend; it is the longest tendon in the human body, extending down the length of the lower leg. Â Also called the â€œheel cord,â€ the Achilles tendon connects the the heel bone to the calf muscle, and is crucial to foot and ankle mobility, as is necessary for walking. Â Injury to this particular tendon can be incapacitating, but with the help of the Foot and Ankle Institute of San Francisco, it can be treated. Â It is too bad the Trojan War hero Achilles, slain through the heel cord in battle, was not so fortunate in his time.
Whether a sudden traumatic injury like those of Achilles and Kobe, or increasing tenderness from overuse, treatment is available for your Achilles tendon affliction. Â Common disorders in the heel cord are Achilles tendonitis and Achilles tendonosis. Â With repeated use and strain, the tendon may become inflamed (tendonitis), causing pain or discomfort along the back of the leg or ankle. Â Over time, the strain from inflammation could lead to degeneration of the tendon due to minute tearing (tendonosis). Â Achilles tendonitis and tendonosis are often characterized by pain-aching, tenderness, stiffness, or soreness surrounding the heel cord. Â This type of injury is common among individuals who spend a good deal of their time on their feet, including athletes like Kobe Bryant.
Seven months. Thatâ€™s how long Bryant was off the court rehabilitating his ankle. Â Seven months might seem like a long time, but it is nothing compared to his NBA career spanning almost two decades. Â Thanks to modern foot and ankle treatments, an injured Achilles tendon did not end Kobeâ€™s basketball career the way it ended Achillesâ€™s career as a warrior. Â Donâ€™t let tendonitis be your â€œAchilles heelâ€ – Â schedule an appointment at the Foot and Ankle Institute today and their team of Achilles tendon experts will help you get back on your feet!