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Achilles Tendon Rupture: Practice Guidelines

The Achilles tendon is a rope-like tendon which extends from the calf to the heel bone. It is the largest tendon in the body and a powerful plantarflexor of the ankle, propelling the body forward when walking and running. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

David Beckham Ruptures Achilles Tendon

David Beckham ruptured his Achilles tendon on Sunday, March 14th, playing for AC Milan in Italy. He had surgery to repair the tendon the following day by Dr. Sakari Orava of Finland. The operation lasted about 50 minutes and Beckham stayed the night at the Mehilainen clinic in Turku, southwestern Finland. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Ankle Injuries in Irish Dancers

A new study in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery evaluated overuse ankle injuries in eighteen professional Irish dancers.  Each dancer filled out a foot and ankle questionnaire and the dancer’s right ankle was evaluated with an MRI. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Nitric Oxide Patches Improve Tendon Healing

Nitric oxide, a soluble gas produced in the body, plays a valuable role in tendon healing due to it’s ability to increase blood flow and increase collagen production. A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine evaluated nitric oxide patch use in patients with Achilles tendinosis, tennis elbow and supraspinatus (shoulder) tendinosis and compared [...]

Rest May Not Benefit Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles tendinopathy is a common sports related overuse injury. Tendinopathy is a result of repetitive microinjury which causes microtears and inflammation. The tearing and inflammation then causes tendon degeneration which is a change in the collagen fiber structure and alignment.  Common treatment includes ice, heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, physical therapy, shoe modification and even surgery. [...]

Fibrin Glue for Achilles Tendon Repair

Fibrin glue consists of fibrinogen and thrombin. Fibrinogen is a glycoprotein and thrombin is a coagulation protein. When the two are combined, the fibrinogen is converted to fibrin, a clotting protein and the fibrin glue is formed. The fibrin glue acts as a tissue adhesive by creating a mesh and forming a clot. In many [...]

Foot & Ankle Injuries in Baseball & Softball

“With warm weather approaching, many athletes are busy gearing up for another competitive season in their sport. Unfortunately, training in improper footwear and neglecting to stretch properly before and after activity greatly increases serious occurrences of foot and ankle injury,” said APMA President Dr. Ross Taubman. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Foot Injuries & the Olympics

China’s Olympic hopeful, Liu Xiang, walked off the track before making it over a single hurdle. Liu said “I knew my foot would fail me. I felt painful when I was just jogging.” Xiang was referring to the back of his heel, where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone. He had thought the [...]