Steve Smith

Photo: Nick Wass (AP)

Former Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith is out for the rest of the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during last Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. He will have surgery early next week followed by rehab.

The Achilles tendon is a long tendon that runs from your heel bone to your calf muscle. It allows you to extend your foot and point your toes. This tendon is one of the most commonly injured tendons, especially among athletes.

The Achilles tendon can either partially or completely rupture. While a tear can cause mild pain or go unnoticed, a complete rupture causes severe pain and complete loss of strength and movement. Taking a step and pushing off, or a stop and go motion when playing a sport can cause micro-tears in the tendon.

A ruptured Achilles tendon is a serious injury that may require surgery. Surgery can consist of removing the damaged part of the tendon, lengthening of the tendon or moving where the tendon is attached. Most Achilles tendon surgeries will begin to heal after the fourth week and physical therapy usually starts at the sixth week after surgery.

If you are suffering from an Achilles tendon injury, Carmel Foot Specialists can get you back in the game! Call today 704-542-8253 to schedule a consultation.