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Will Richard Sherman Come Back A Half-Step Slower After Tearing Achilles Tendon?

Forbes—November 22, 2017

Forbes featured a bylined article by HSS sports medicine surgeon Joshua S. Dines, MD about the recent Achilles tendon tear suffered by Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman.

Dr. Dines, who did not treat Sherman, explained that a strong tendon is critical for pushing off when running and jumping, and can tear during a traumatic event.

"It is painful initially, but eventually becomes more of a functional problem as opposed to a pain issue. Given the effects on function, surgery is required to give athletes the best chance to get back to their previous level of play," Dr. Dines noted.

"After surgery, the athlete will undergo a period of immobilization, then regain ankle range of motion and leg strength via physical therapy. Athletes typically undergo physical therapy for up to 6 months or more before the leg recovers enough strength to compete," he added.

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