Alex Trebek’s leg in “Jeopardy!”?

What is “he tore his Achilles tendon chasing a burglar?”

That question would be correct if the answer was: The reason Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek was walking with crutches. The 71-year old Canadian was a host of the National Geographic World Championship at Google’s California headquarters yesterday. Earlier that morning, he injured his leg while chasing a burglar down the hallway of his San Francisco hotel. According to Trabek:

“My Achilles tendon ruptured and I then fell on carpet, bruising the other leg in process. Surgery on Friday.”

A 56- year old woman, Lucinda Moyers, has been booked on felony burglary and possession of stolen property charges. Allegedly, she took  cash and a bracelet Trebek’s mother had given him.

In homage to Mr. Trebek, I’m writing the rest of this blog in “Jeopardy! style”. Play along with me… and Remember- Your answer must be in the form of a question.

Alex, I’ll take Epic Body Parts for 100.

  • A: The strongest and thickest tendon in the human body.
  • Q: What is the Achilles tendon (AT)?
  • A: It runs from along the back of the calf connecting the large calf muscle (gastrocnemius) with the heel.
  • Q: Where is the Achilles tendon located?
  • A:  It helps to raise the heel off the ground.
  • Q: How does the Achilles tendon help you walk?

OK, Alex, let’s switch to It’s “A’Killin’ Me for 200.
Note that it has a visual clue. Can I call your attention to the monitor?

  • A: The injury shown in the picture.
  • Q:  What is a torn Achilles tendon?
  • A: Snap, crackle, pop
  • Q: What is the sound an Achilles tendon makes when it ruptures?
  • A: Feeling like you’ve been kicked in the heel and being unable to walk.
  • Q: What are the symptoms of an AT rupture?
  • A: Basketball, tennis, and other ball sports
  • Q: What are over 75% of AT ruptures associatied with?

It’s time for Final Jeopardy!– Today’s topic is: Doctor, Doctor, Give me the News

  • A: Decreased risk of re-rupture, improved muscle function and movement of the ankle.

AND, the Final Jeopardy! question is: What are some advantages of surgical over non-surgical treatment of a torn AT?

Hope you’ve enjoyed this session of Jeopardy. If you want more information about Achilles Tendon Ruptures, click here to go to the Resounding Health Casebook on the topic.

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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