For the past six months, NBA super-star Kobe Bryant has been off the court recovering from a devastating Achilles injury. After tearing his Achilles tendon (which connects the calf muscles to the heel) in April, the Lakers shooting guard had surgery and announced that he’d return to the game in November or December (i.e. any day now), just six or seven months after the injury.
This expectation of Bryant’s has surprised a lot of people, as usual recovery time from his type of injury is at least nine months, and could even take a year. But according to Bryant, he expects his recovery time to be sped up thanks to an experimental approach his surgeons’ reportedly took on his procedure.
Now, as Bryant’s self-imposed deadline approaches, speculation about whether he can really come back to the game (and be able to play like he used to) is running rampant. Recently, the interviewed several NBA stars who’d suffered similar injuries (including Elton Brand, Chauncey Billups and Isaiah Thomas), all of whom felt optimistic that Bryant can and will triumphantly return to the court.
In my Houston podiatrist office, I see many patients with Achilles tendinitis (an inflammation of the Achilles tendon caused by overuse), a painful condition that, while less serious than a torn Achilles, can still be debilitating. Working with my patients to begin early treatment, I offer an array of therapeutic solutions that may include prescription medication, ankle supports, custom orthotics, shockwave therapy, night splints, physical therapy, and more.
If you want to make a speedy comeback from Achilles pain like Kobe Bryant, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider at the first sign of discomfort so you can begin treatment and prevent your condition from progressing