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Elliot Williams, of the Portland Trail Blazers, Out With a Torn Achilles Tendon

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Elliot WilliamsBefore training camp even began, the Portland Trail Blazers have already lost a player to injury. Elliot Williams, a shooting guard, was at a voluntary workout on Tuesday, September 11, when he tore his left Achilles tendon. The tear is bad enough to warrant surgery, meaning Williams will probably be out of the game for quite a while.

Unfortunately, foot and ankle injuries are all too common in basketball. It is one of the hardest games on the feet because of all the running, turning, twisting and jumping that is involved. The repeated pressure and shock on the foot can cause many different injuries and inflammations, such as Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and Sesamoiditis. That is why it is important to wear well-fitting shoes, do plenty of stretching, and condition yourself properly.

There are three important qualities that we recommend you look for in a basketball shoe. Those are:

  1. Shock absorption. As stated before, the constant shock and pressure on feet can cause inflammation and injury, so shock absorption is extremely important.
  2. Foot and ankle stability. You should consider getting three-quarter or high top shoes if you are susceptible to ankle injuries. They provide more support.
  3. And lastly, traction.

Also, when you go to try on your shoes, take the socks that you will be wearing with them. That will ensure that you have a proper fit when you go to play. Most importantly, choose your shoes based on comfort. Your shoes should always be comfortable.

For more information on Achilles Tendon injuries, give us a call at 615-220-8788 or request an appointment online.

Category: Common Sport Injuries


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