Corey Peters, defensive tackle for the Arizona Cardinals is out for the 2015 season after tearing his left Achilles tendon. Peters recovered from a 2013 torn right Achilles, and unfortunately has to endure the same road of recovery again.
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body. It connects the calf muscle to the back of the heel. The Achilles helps to raise the heel off the ground and is used with every step and jump we make. The Achilles tendon can be partially torn or completely torn when the tendon is stretched beyond its capacity. As a result it can no longer function normally.
Most individuals report a sudden pain and a popping or snapping sound after tearing their Achilles tendon. Tears are commonly caused by a trip, fall, sudden pivot or sudden acceleration when running.
The tendon ends start to retract 3-4 days following rupture and therefore is crucial that the injury be treated non-surgically with a cast or surgically repaired. Surgical intervention will provide a faster return to activity and decreases the chance of re-rupture in the future. Peters’ surgeon will decide which surgical repair method is best suited for him. It will take 6-8 weeks to recover from surgery followed by physical therapy/rehabilitation.