Instagram and Twitter Feeds Explode with Picture of Kobe Bryant’s Injury

Description: Last week Kobe Bryant shares a photo of his bandaged leg with the message: ‘Foot on the ground! #pray4bear #standup #mambaarmy’Following a surgical procedure on his foot, Kobe Bryant is about to begin the process of healing. The athlete who plays for the LA Lakers suffered an Achilles injury in April that left him in severe pain and unable to play basketball. Instagram and Twitter feeds got pretty crowded with Bryant posting pictures of his injury including a pretty gruesome one of doctors examining the injury.

One photo displayed a gruesome surgical procedure of Bryant’s foot, which he shared with his 2.5 million Twitter followers. The graphic photo shows a number of surgeons working on the open area around the 34-year old’s ankle. Bryant had to undergo surgery to repair his Achilles in April, but is slated for a return for the Lakers 2013-14 season opener.

Achilles Injuries can be painful and sometimes require surgery as with Kobe Bryant’s case. If you injured your Achilles tendon, a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center can determine your condition and follow the appropriate treatment options for your needs.

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?

- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- 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
- A healthy diet

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.