Cunningham Orthopeadics | Health - Greater Media news Health_GMN Please email me any questions or comments to: drmike@CunninghamOrtho.com and for additional information about the practice, please visit our website at: www.cunninghamorthonj.com ORTHOPAEDIC & SPORTS MEDICINE Presented by Michael J. Cunningham, MD Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine TIME TO HEEL 110687 The Achilles tendon (the largest tendon in the body) connects the calf muscles to the heel bone; its function is critical for walking, running, and jumping. Thus, it is understandable why Achilles tendon tears are so common among athletes, eight percent of whom will likely experience an acute rupture during their lifetimes. Achilles injuries also occur somewhat less frequently among the elderly and sedentary, as well as individuals who have gained significant amounts of weight or started an exercise regimen in middle age. In addition, Achilles tendon ruptures are associated with autoimmune disease, plantar fasciitis, obesity, the use of certain antibiotics, smoking, and localized steroid injections. Surgery is usually reserved for acute tears experienced by young or very active patients. If you have a sports related injury, we will quickly determine the cause and give you the most appropriate treatment options available. We will get you back to work and play as quickly as possible. Make an appointment with our office (732-264-5454) today. We are on staff at Bayshore Community Hospital, Riverview Medical Center and Raritan Bay Medical Center. To serve you better, we have two locations: 733 N. Beers St., Suite L3, in Holmdel, and 53 Main St. in Sayreville. P.S. Individuals experiencing acute Achilles tendon tears often report hearing a popping sound at the time of injury.