Pro-footballer Junior Galette ended practice Wednesday night on a bad note. The linebacker for the Washington team tore his Achilles tendon, an injury that will likely take him off the field for the rest of the season.
The injury is costly to the team, and, as it turns out, to Galette as well.
According to a report by Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Galette’s contract with Washington includes a pre-season split salary stipulation, which takes the proverbial meat cleaver to his earnings should he sustain a serious injury during the pre-season.
Instead of a whopping $745,000, Galette will have to settle for a still-quite-sizeable $413,000 this year. Unfortunately for Galette, this injury has to be one of the costliest of his life, so far cheating him out of at least $332,000!
Oooh, that’s gotta hurt!
What is an Achilles Tendon Injury?
Achilles tendon injuries are extremely common in football and in other sports that require an athlete to quickly spring into action. Tears in the Achilles tendon regularly take professional athletes out of play for weeks at a time, sometimes causing major blows to their team’s performance.
Achilles injuries routinely plague runners, dancers, gymnasts, and tennis, baseball, softball, basketball, and volleyball players. Men over the age of 30 seem to sustain more tendon injuries than any other group.
People with flat feet – known to your specialist as “overpronation” – are also particularly prone to tears in the Achilles tendon. With each step, a flat-footed person’s arch collapses, and may over-stretch the tendon.
A tear in the Achilles tendon could result from ignoring the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis. During the repetitive motions of exercise, small lesions can develop in the tendon – located at the back of the heel, below the calf – causing it to become inflamed.
Don’t “Play Through the Pain”
The heel will feel stiff in the morning and sore to the touch. Treat the area with ice and take an anti-inflammatory to reduce the pain and swelling. You may find relief by strapping the heel of your foot to take some of the strain off the tendon.
Take symptoms of tendonitis as a warning: failure to rest the tendon could result in a much more serious injury. A tear in the tendon may require surgery, which would take you out of your game for 6-8 weeks for recovery.
A sharp, severe pain in the tendon, accompanied by a popping or snapping noise, could indicate that an inflamed tendon has reached is breaking point. If this happens, and you are also having a hard time flexing or pointing your foot, you may have torn your Achilles tendon and should seek advice from your foot and ankle specialist immediately.
Repairing an Achilles Tendon Rupture
For this type of injury, they surgeons at University Foot and Ankle Institute are likely to utilize the Arthrex PARS system. This minimally invasive procedure, often referred to as “mini open” repair, has all the benefits of a larger open repair (very low rate of re-rupture) but without the risk of wound complications from infection. “The Arthrex PARS System allows for a smaller incision, stronger repair and quicker return to sports,” says Dr. Bob Baravarian, Director of University Foot and Ankle Institute in Los Angeles.
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