An Achilles tendon rupture can happen to anyone, but some people have a much higher risk for this injury than others. The people who typically tear their Achilles are casual athletes, especially if they’re middle-aged, who do sports occasionally for fun but may not be conditioned for the strain. Middle-aged people have this risk because they are still young enough to be active, but their bodies are not as strong and durable as they were—particularly if they’re busy working and don’t otherwise exercise. Men are most likely to be in this group of casual athletes, increasing their likelihood of a rupture. Sports with jumping, running, and lots of sudden starts, stops, or direction changes increase the risk of injury even more.
Fortunately, even if you are a man in your forties who plays soccer every other weekend, you aren’t doomed to rupture your Achilles. The right conditioning and foot care can prevent this. Let Dr. Robert Parker at Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX, help you stay on your feet and in the game. Call (281) 497-2850 or use the web request form to make an appointment with us.