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Texas Ranger's Infielder Michael Young Struggling with Sore Achilles Tendon

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Michael Young, an infielder and designated hitter for the Texas Rangers, was forced to come out of a game recently due to soreness in his Achilles tendon. The manager of the Texas Rangers, Ron Washington, saw Young limping and replaced him with Jurickson Profar for the remainder of the game. The pain in his Achilles tendon has been around for about a month.

There are several disorders that can cause pain in the Achilles tendon, but the two most common are Achilles Tendinitis and Achilles Tendinosis.
 Achilles Tendinitis is usually a short-lived disorder and is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Achilles Tendinosis comes about when you suffer from Achilles Tendinitis over a long period of time. Achilles Tendonisis is a degeneration of the tendon in which the tendon will probably develop microscopic tears.

Athletes are particularly prone to developing Achilles tendon disorders because the repetitive, quick activities involved in sports put stress on the tendon.
 However, athletes are not the only ones at risk. If you work in a field where you stand and walk a lot and stress is put on your feet often, you are more prone to developing Achilles tendon problems and people with flat arches and over-pronaters are more at risk as well.
Some symptoms of these disorders include:

  • Pain in the tendon, anywhere along the tendons path, such as tenderness, stiffness, aching and soreness.
  • If you squeeze the sides of the tendon, you may feel tenderness or even an intense pain, but there is less pain or tenderness when pressing directly on the back of the tendon.
  • Once the disorder progresses into degeneration, the tendon may become enlarged. Then, it may develop nodules in areas where the tissue has been damaged.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should see a podiatrist. If you would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can call our office at 615-220-8788 or request an appointment online.

Category: Common Sport Injuries

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