Wednesday, March 17, 2010

David Beckham Achilles Torn

David Beckham, world known soccer player and who is married to former Spice Girl Posh Spice, sustained a devestating injury to his foot. He had ruptured his Achilles Tendon. The inury occurred during one of his recent games. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the back part of the heel bone. There is a common area in the Achilles tendon that has a decreased amount of blood supply called the watershed area. This usually occurs about 2cm-6cm from the area it originates in the heel bone. The injury can occur from a direct trauma to the area or a quick contraction from the calf muscle. This is most likely what has caused his rupture. It may take up to a year to gain full recovery from this type of injury. Conservative measures include being in a cast or brace for a few months to surgery where the tendon is repaired. Even with surgery, a cast or brace is usually needed. Physical Therapy is paramount after this type of injury to strengthen back the calf musle. There is always a risk of a re-repture of the tendon in any case of conservative or surgial treatment options. Athletes typically will have the surgical route because of a quicker healing time and may be more durable. It is always best to see your doctor to see which treatment is best for you. For more information please visit our website

Chad Friedman, DPM

Monday, March 8, 2010

Spring is almost Here

Wow, what a great weekend we had and a nice Monday. With the warmer weather also brings different shoe gear. Please remember, even if you were previously treated for Plantar Fasciitis or other heel pain, you may have a recurrence of this if you are back in your sandals, flip-flops, or going barefoot. As we have talked about many times before, the heel, the arch, and the whole foot need to be supported properly in order to prevent foot pain from recurring.
There are new sandals that are out there that actually have removable foot beds that we are looking into to see if these can help relive foot pain. We will keep you posted on these. One that we will have in our office are the Aetrex Sandalistas. The foot bed can removed to place in insert or an orthotic in there to help out.
For more information please visit our website or call to make an appointment

Enjoy the warmer days,

Chad Friedman, DPM