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Two-Time Olympian Luger Christian Niccum Out With Torn Achilles Tendon

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Christian Niccum, U.S. doubles luger and two-time Olympian, tore his Achilles tendon recently. The injury to his left heel occurred while he was playing basketball.

He was scheduled for surgery on January 2, but as far as a date for his return, it is still unknown.

This will be his second surgery in less than a year. Niccum had back surgery in April.

An Achilles tendon rupture is a serious injury and it will take quite a while to recover from such an injury.

Surgery to repair an Achilles tendon rupture is typically done on an outpatient basis using local anesthetic. An incision is made in the back of the leg above the heel and the tendon is sewn back together.

Usually, the patient is in a cast or walking boot for six to twelve after surgery. Your doctor will decide when you can begin weight-bearing on the affected foot.

After surgery, and even if non-surgical treatments options are used instead, physical therapy will be an important part of the healing process. Physical therapy involves exercises that improve the range of motion of the foot and ankle and strengthen the muscles.

A non-surgical approach may be tried to treat the rupture if the rupture is minor or if the patient is not very active or has some other medical condition that prevents them from undergoing surgery.

If you are suffering from an Achilles tendon injury and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.

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