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Alex Trebek: What is Achilles Tendon Problems?


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12/7/2012
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Alex Trebek, of Jeapordy fame,  has ruptured his Achilles tendon.  He states he had this injury while chasing down a burglar while staying in a hotel in San Francisco."   

He related that a woman broke into his hotel room at the downtown Marriott, while he and his wife were sleeping.  He was startled by the intruder and as she tried to escape, he ran after her down the hallway and felt his Achilles tendon snap. He added that he is scheduled for surgery on Friday, July 29.

Sudden sharp pains in the back of the lower leg can reveal an injury to the strongest and longest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon.  Some people relate that it feels like a gun shot to their leg.  If you feel the area, you may notice a gap or indentation in the back of the leg.  This is where the tendon hasruptured or torn apart.

A tear of the Achilles tendon can occur if the tendon is tight and you start an explosive movement, like sprinting, before the tendon is warmed up.  There is a weaker area of the tendon, because of a poor blood supply, where the tendon usually tears.  This is very likely what happened to Alex that evening.

Sometimes conservative care with casting and non weight bearing can be can be a form of treatment, however surgery is at times needed.

If you suspect an injury to the Achilles tendon, see your podiatrist immediately.



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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle

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