Tiger Woods Facing Achilles Tendon Issue
Tiger Woods will be missing the US Open due to a knee and Achilles tendon injury. Apparently, Tiger Woods has been playing off his injury for quite some time and acted as though it was something minor. However, due to recent sightings of Woods, the accuracy of his injuries has been kept secret. "I am extremely disappointed that I won't be playing in the U.S. Open, but it's time for me to listen to my doctors and focus on the future," Woods wrote Tuesday on his website and USA Today reposted the comment. "I was hopeful that I could play, but if I did, I risk further damage to my left leg. My knee and Achilles tendon are not fully healed. I hope to be ready for AT&T National (in July), the next two majors and the rest of the year." No surgery is currently planned for Woods, only physical therapy, massage therapy, R-I-C-E Method, and a boot for protection of the Achilles tendon.
The Achilles tendon, the longest tendon in the body, runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. The Achilles tendon helps you walk by helping you raise your heel off the ground. As in "overuse" disorders, Achilles tendonitis can be caused by a sudden increase of a repetitive activity involving the Achilles tendon. This puts too much stress on the tendon too quickly, leading to an injury of the tendon fibers. If not treated correctly, the body will not fully repair the injured tissue. The structure of the tendon is changed and results in continued pain. Athletes, like Pro-Golfer Tiger Woods, are at high risk for developing disorders of the Achilles tendon. Various treatments are available for Achilles Tendonitis based on the length of the injury and the extent of damage to the tendon. Braces, R-I-C-E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate) Method, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and possibly surgery are possible treatment options. Basic stretching exercises are also available to help strengthen the Achilles tendon after proper treatment.
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