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Image result for packers head coachNFL Network's Mike Silver reported that Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur suffered a torn Achilles' tendon while playing a game of Knockout on a Lambeau basketball court on Wednesday night.

LaFleur will undergo surgery Sunday and will coach the rest of OTAs and mandatory minicamp in June (11-13) from a cart, Silver added.

Not all torn Achilles tendon require surgery but apparently the type of the Achilles tendon tear that he suffered will require surgical intervention. There are two most common techniques to repair the Achilles tendon and if the tear is not severe then minimally invasive Achilles tendon repair surgery is a great option. When the gap between the ends is excessive, sometimes open repair with grafting is necessary

We do all types of surgical repairs as well as non-surgical treatment of Achilles tendon tears and tendinitis.

The average return to normal activity is at least 6 months. 

First 4 weeks after the surgery is stricked immobilization with complete nonweightbearing. 

Dr. Tatiana Wellens, DPM, PhD

Image result for ryan zimmermanThe Nationals have placed Ryan Zimmerman on the 10-day DL with a plantar fasciitis injury. Zimmerman suffered the injury making a leaping catch on Tuesday against the Rockies. He took a day of Wednesday and played on it Friday and Saturday. He then received an MRI on Sunday because the pain started bothering him. Manager Dave Martinez said they are going to get him treatment and keep him off it for 10 days. 

Even though I’m not a treating physician for him, I would speculate that since he’s taking 10 days off, it’s probably either Tenex or Tenjet procedure he is having. The recuperation is about 10 days for either procedure.

They both provide the following:

  • Quick pain relief
  • Rapid return to normal activities
  • Local anesthetic used instead of general anesthesia
  • No sutures, no stitches (requires only a small, adhesive bandage)
  • 20-minute, noninvasive procedure (not open surgery)
  • Coverage by most insurances

Learn more about Tenex

 

     At Central Florida Foot and Ankle Center, LLC we commonly see partial and complete Achilles tendon tears. Obviously, in situations with complete Achilles tendon tears in professional athletes, surgical intervention is necessary as soon as possible. Surgeons utilize different techniques and graphs to repair and reinforce the tendon during open surgery. Percutaneous Achilles repair surgery is becoming more popular as well.

Even though I am not a treating physician for Brandon Brooks, my opinion is he probably underwent surgery within the first 48 hours of his rupture. He will be required to be non-weightbearing for four weeks after the surgery and extensive physical therapy. Most likely he will walk with a limp for at least six months and it will take him nine months to a year to recover from this injury. There is always a question about complete hundred percent recovery as muscle weakness is common

We hope for his healthy return back next year.

Regenerative medicine is widely available for professional athletes but also to patients of CFFA and most likely will be utilized in the recovery process to facilitate the healing and shorten the duration of rehabilitation.

At Central Florida Foot and Ankle Center, LLC we use regenerative medicine daily to promote healing and shorten postoperative recuperation time. Call us today at 863-220-7286 to learn more about any of our procedures.

Dr. Tatiana Wellens, DPM, PhD
Central Florida Foot and Ankle Center, LLC

It appears that Tony injured his anterior talofibular ligament when he twisted his ankle. Hopefully x-rays were obtained to be sure he does not have a fibula fracture just a type of an ankle fracture. MRI is the most accurate diagnostic tool for this type of injury.

Since he says in his post he’s feeling optimistic I’m guessing that it’s either a grade 1 or 2 ankle sprain which usually is uncomfortable but does not prevent golfers from competing.

It is treated with rest, ice, compression and elevation and usually does not have a new long-term repercussion.

Looking at the video it looks like it’s not the first time he had this ankle injury if it took him no time but to pop it back in place , that probably demonstrates that it’s more of a chronic lateral ankle instability which is basically injury to the anterior talofibular ligament over and over again. Basically, ligaments become so lax that it’s much easier to dislocate the ankle. Ankle stabilization surgery is the only way to permanently fix the problem..... and guess what? We do it at CFFA!!!!

Dr. Tatiana Wellens, DPM, PhD

Very unfortunate but also devastating injury for Mr. Canaan. From just assessing the picture, he definitely needs surgery right away. Sometimes surgeons have to wait for several days prior to the surgery to help with swelling.

Even though I have not seen the x-rays, most likely we’re dealing with Bimalleoli ankle fracture which means that both fibula and tibia which are the two main bones of the lower leg are broken and displaced.

Usually that requires either placing an external fixation frame on the ankle or using screws and plates to put the fracture back together to realign the joint. Fractures of the talus can also be present as well as multiple ligament injuries.

After the surgery, he will be nonweightbearing for six weeks and will require extensive physical therapy to prevent arthritis in his ankle. He will probably return to normal activity within the next 6 to 9 months but osteoarthritis is very common. 

At Central Florida foot and  ankle we treat everything, from most simple conditions to devastating injuries like this.

Dr. Tatiana Wellens, DPM, PhD