Think that pain at the back of your ankle isn’t a problem? Kobe Bryant knows how quickly an ankle injury can sideline you. He ruptured his Achilles tendon back in April 2013, and seven months later sports enthusiasts are still speculating whether he’ll be the same electrifying player they’ve enjoyed watching in recent years. Phoenix Suns fans will see for themselves with two December match-ups against the Lakers.

Your Achilles tendon may be the largest and strongest in your body, but it is as vulnerable as any of the others because of the constant stress placed on it. The tendon is used in every step you take, but endures more stress in activities like running and jumping – a big part of basketball and many other sports. Because the pain above your heel comes and goes with activity and rest, you may think it’s not a serious problem. Here’s a tip: don’t ignore early warning signs of Achilles tendonitis! The time to act is the first time you notice pain in that rope-like tissue at the back of your ankle.

Any unusual stress on the tendons in your ankle, like suddenly increasing your workout level or adding hills to your runs, can cause irritation, inflammation, and pain. If the backs of your ankles hurt, it’s your body’s way of saying “Slow down!” Ignoring that message can increase your risk of tearing or rupturing the tendons. Then, instead of just scaling back your workout routine for a few weeks and following some conservative treatments, you may end up needing surgery or giving up your usual sports activities for months.

If you experience pain at the back of your ankle, call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ for an evaluation. Catching the early warning signs can help you avoid a more severe injury or a chronic condition that gives you trouble in the future. You may not have a whole team depending on you to perform, but you have too many responsibilities to be out for the count with a ruptured tendon. Contact us today at 623-584-5556.

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