What You Need to Know about the Achilles Tendon

The Achilles tendon is a long fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the calf muscles. According to medical experts, the Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body; experts claim that the Achilles tendon can bear ten times a person’s body weight.

Although the Achilles tendon is regarded as the strongest tendon in the body, sports medicine experts also admit that the Achilles tendon is vulnerable to injuries. This is likely because the Achilles tendon is often stretched to full capacity.

When the Achilles tendon is overworked, Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon at the heel that causes heel pain, may develop. Sports medicine experts advise people who have been experiencing heel pain to rest and use a cold compress on the Achilles tendon to prevent further injury.

If a person decides to keep going despite symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, the Achilles tendon weakens further, increasing the chances of a rupture, which will result in an Achilles tendon completely severed from the heel. Many people claim to hear a “popping” sound and having difficulty walking after the tendon has been ruptured.

Should this happen, surgery will be highly recommended as is the only way to completely recover. If you suspect you have ruptured your Achilles tendon, see a sports medicine expert immediately for diagnosis and treatment.

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Vitamin D to Keep Your Bones Healthy

Calcium and bones— they go hand in hand. People are taught early on that they need a certain amount of calcium to keep their bones healthy. However, do you know that Vitamin D is just as important as calcium when it comes to maintaining healthy bones? Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium better, effectively playing a role in the formation and maintenance of good strong bones.

Vitamin D deficiency risks

Numerous studies have revealed that people who are deficient in Vitamin D have lower bone mass, which increases their risk of osteoporosis. In children, severe cases of vitamin D deficiency can lead to delayed growth and the development of bone deformities called rickets. In adults, a softening of the bones— osteomalacia— can develop.

Sources of Vitamin D

The sun is the best source of Vitamin D. Spending 10 to 15 minutes a day in the sun will get you the Vitamin D you need, as the sun’s UV rays help generate the much-needed vitamin on your skin. You can also obtain the vitamin from foods such as fatty fish, egg yolk, and liver. If it’s impossible for you to get adequate amounts of Vitamin D from these sources, your doctor may recommend that you take supplements.

Should you need orthopedic advice or assistance regarding Vitamin D deficiency, feel free to consult an orthopedic surgeon.