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Achilles Tendon Rupture–A Game Ending Injury
Oct 2nd, 2013 Headlines

Say it ain’t so, Vince!

My heart sank when I saw Vince Wilfork being driven off the field in a little golf cart in the early minutes of the Patriots game against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday.  And Falcons fans thought he might be faking it?  I doubt Wilfork fakes anything on the field.

They’re saying he tore his Achilles tendon, not an injury to be taken too lightly, so let me break it down for you.

The Achilles tendon, that thick band of tissue that extends from your heel to the back of your lower leg, can tear or rip when the foot suddenly pivots or undergoes rapid acceleration.  Most patients report feeling like they’ve been struck hard in the back of the ankle, and they may hear a “pop”.  Many people experience severe acute pain, though interestingly, some patients don’t feel any pain at all.

What has Wilfork probably been doing the past few days with his injury?  He’s probably laying low with ice, pain relievers, lots of rest, and some type of special splint or boot.  And he has certainly been evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon.  If Wilfork needs surgery, and usually professional athletes do for this type of thing, it may take him 3 to 6 months to return to sports.  That certainly would mean he’s out for the rest of the season.  What a shame.

You’ll be sorely missed, Vince.  Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery!



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