Candace Bure Damages Leg on Reality TV Competition
Candace Bure, one of this year’s contestants on Dancing with the Stars, posted a photo of her leg wrapped in ice and a bandage on Twitter with the caption “Great way to start off my day!! Don’t worry, it looks worse than it is… Unless it’s not. X-ray tomorrow!”
The Full House star incurred a leg injury last week that she believes might be tendonitis. She won’t know for sure until she gets an MRI scan, but if it turns out to be a fracture, then she may not be able to keep competing on the show.
Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury can be an extremely unpleasant experience. If you think your Achilles might be damaged, call podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can examine your lower extremities and provide you with an appropriate form of care.
What is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.
What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?
There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility
Treatment and Prevention
Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:
- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses
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