Achilles injury benches Ravens’ Steve Smith Sr. for the season

steve_smith_baltimore_ravens_achilles_injury2Steve Smith Sr. of the Baltimore Ravens was taken to the sidelines after sustaining a tear in his Achilles tendon in their game against the San Diego Chargers this past Sunday.

The wide receiver was tackled towards the tail end of the game, and could be spotted dragging his right foot as he fell towards the ground. Gesturing to the back of his foot, Smith quickly grabbed the attention of his trainers, who assisted him getting off the field.

Coach John Harbaugh confirmed in a press conference following the game that Smith tore his Achilles and would very likely need to take the rest of the season to recover.

“It is unfortunate but Achilles tendon tears can take time to recover from,” says Dr. Bob Baravarian, Chief of Podiatric Surgery at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center. “We have found that our percutaneous Achilles repair system (PARS) allows for a more rapid recovery and a stronger repair. In the case of a professional athlete however there is a significant amount of time that needs to be spent strengthening the entire body and especially the actual tendon tear region prior to return to elite level exercise.“

What is an Achilles Rupture?ufai_achilles_tendon_rupture

The Achilles tendon is the long tendon that connects the heel to the calf muscles. It’s instrumental to walking, running, jumping, and cycling. Unfortunately, an Achilles rupture is a very common injury for many athletes, including runners, gymnasts, basketball players, and of course, football players. Athletes are most likely to injure their tendon during an abrupt, accelerated, springing movement, such as a sprint or a leap.

An Achilles rupture can present with severe, acute pain in the back of the foot, above the heel. The pain is typically accompanied by a popping or snapping sound, followed by swelling and stiffness.

Smith Reconsidering Retirement Plans

Although Smith has said in the past that this would be his final year playing in the NFL, new reports suggest he may not be ready to quit so soon.

Sports journalist Jason La Canfora reports that Smith is strongly reconsidering his retirement plans and reassured fans that it “would be a big surprise” if he let this injury mark the end of his career.

Achilles tendon tears are incredibly common in the NFL. This is the second torn Achilles that has plagued the Baltimore Ravens in the past two months. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs sustained his second Achilles tendon tear in their season opener on September 13. The injury was a career-ender for Suggs, a 13-year veteran and respected team leader.

Smith Scheduled for Achilles Repair Surgery

Coach Harbaugh reported that Smith is scheduled for surgery on Nov 9. Achilles tendon repairs can be tricky, but we should expect that he will seek out the highest quality care utilizing state-of-the-art surgical techniques.

Smith should be able to start physical therapy after 2-4 weeks, and may be ready to bear weight on the ankle at 6 weeks.

Smith does have a long road to full recovery, however: most patients require at least six months before they can resume their normal activities, and some take over a year to return to their previous performance levels.

If you would like more information about Achilles injuries or the revolutionary PARS procedure, we encourage you to call us at (877) 989-9110 or visit us at www.footankleinstitute.com.

University Foot & Ankle Institute Staff

University Foot & Ankle Institute Staff

For almost fifteen years, University Foot and Ankle Institute and their nationally recognized physicians have been providing the most technologically advanced medical care for the foot and ankle with the highest success rates in the country.

Our patients are our number one priority and we consider them, along with our own families and our dedicated staff, to be our greatest assets.

We are driven to get our patients back to their normal activities with the highest level of function, in the least amount of time, using the least invasive treatments possible. From start to finish, we are with you every step of the way.
University Foot & Ankle Institute Staff

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

thirteen + four =

  • Yelp
    I've been seeing Dr Baravarian for about a year for a chronic foot injury and I'm very happy with him and the Sherman Oaks office.  The staff at UFAI is knowledgeable and friendly. It's consistently easy to get an ea...
    Tracy L.
  • CustomerSure
    Dr. Franson is my doc and I have had four surgeries. He fixed my toe, as my bones were not healing. He put his heart into fixing me up!
    Melody G.
  • Yelp
    My 1st time visiting University Foot & Ankle was a great experience! Dr. Yau was very helpful and even provided his email to contact him about any concerns I may have had due to my injury. Awesome staff and great loca...
    Juan A.
  • Yelp
    I am in process with Dr. Baravarian now for a chronic ankle problem, and am completely delighted to be in his care.  Both he and the rest of the staff are professional, courteous, helpful, and clearly are very very g...
    Whitney G.
  • ZocDoc
    Listened and understood my concerns, did an appropriate evaluation, and recommended possible treatment choices according to my preferences. Very professional and personable!
    Anonymous
  • CustomerSure
    Always great.
    Diana E.
  • Yelp
    Dr. Bob is fantastic! He is such a caring, attentive, professional doctor who always walks into the room with a smile. I had 2 separate experiences that he treated me for. The first one was last summer when he diag...
    Patty G.
  • When I compare the surgery result and treatment at the Foot and Ankle Institute with the treatment at other offices, I am amazed. I was so happy with my surgery result and that I had Dr. Baravarian fix the foot that w...
    M. G.
  • CustomerSure
    We love Dr. Franson & staff!
    Michael M.
  • Yelp
    I saw Dr. Baravarian for multiple breaks in both feet.  Knowing that I would require multiple surgeries, I was looking for a doctor who was on the forefront of medical technology, so I took the time to find the most a...
    Scott C.
Same day appointments now available!
or call 24/7:
  • University Foot & Ankle, a Preferred Provider to:
  • UCLA Health System - UCLA Medical Group
  • MPTF - Member Industry Health Network
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • ATP - Association of Tennis Professionals
  • And consulting physicians for:
  • C&S - Cedars-Sinai
  • Saint John's Health Center