Risk is a double-edged sword. For some things in life, it’s exciting, like roller coaster rides, rock climbing, and sky diving. The risk provides a thrill that adds to the fun of the activity. It isn’t always a fun thing, however. Sometimes a higher risk can mean you need to take more precautions to prevent painful and serious consequences. This is certainly the case with health and injury risks, like an Achilles tendon rupture. The higher your risk for a rupture, the more likely a simple activity will push your tendon past the breaking point.
An Achilles tendon rupture occurs when something forcibly stretches your Achilles beyond its normal flexibility. This either partially or completely tears the tendon tissue. While it’s possible for this to happen out of the blue, it’s far more common to have previous injuries or other issues that make it more likely the tendon will tear instead of stretch. These factors increase your risk for this injury.
Here are a few of the most common risk factors for an Achilles tendon rupture. The more that apply to you, the higher your risk—and the more you should be investing in your feet to prevent an injury:
Recreational Sports – Running, jumping, dodging, rapid direction changes, and other motions performed in sports stress the Achilles. People who play sports just for fun are less likely to have their tendon properly conditioned for the activity, too, adding to the stress.
Existing Tendon Strain – Inflammation and swelling in your tendon decrease its flexibility and make if far more vulnerable to additional damage.
Certain Injections – Taking steroid injections for stubborn inflammation actually weakens tendon tissue and make ruptures more likely.
Age – The older you get, the higher your odds that activity will hurt your Achilles. Middle-aged people have the highest risk for a tendon tear.
Gender – Men are significantly more likely than women to tear their Achilles.
The higher your risk, the greater your odds for an Achilles rupture. Don’t wait until you have a painful problem to take care of your lower limbs. If you’re worried you’re likely to develop a serious injury, take steps now to protect yourself from damage. Our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas is happy to help you. Call our offices at (702) 839-2010, or use our website to make an appointment with us today.