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Achilles tendonitis

Kevin D Martin, Jeffrey Wake, Laura Dawson, J Preston Van Buren
Background: The prevalence of Achilles tendon (AT) pathology is common and can result in disability. Understanding normal AT properties can improve our ability to prevent AT injuries. We examined the cross-sectional area of the AT at multiple levels in an asymptomatic population of Army Rangers. Methods: This is a prospective cohort study composed of 41 voluntarily recruited United States Army Rangers deployed in a combat theater. All subjects were members of the Ranger Regiment participating in more than 20 h of intense bipedal non-sport weekly training with no history of AT pathology...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Siwei Chen, Ganming Deng, Kaiqun Li, Haonan Zheng, Gang Wang, Bin Yu, Kairui Zhang
BACKGROUND Previous studies demonstrated that tendon-derived stem cells (TDSCs) were vital healing cells and that mRNA expression of anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-6 was significantly upregulated in injured tendons. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of IL-6 on the TDSCs in vitro. MATERIAL AND METHODS TDSCs isolated from the Achilles tendons in SD rats were co-cultured with various concentrations of IL-6. Cell proliferation, cell cycle analysis, quantitative real-time PCR, western blotting analysis, and statistical analysis were used in the study...
March 16, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Kristina Stanković, Brian G Booth, Femke Danckaers, Fien Burg, Philippe Vermaelen, Saartje Duerinck, Jan Sijbers, Toon Huysmans
Background: Foot morphology has received increasing attention from both biomechanics researches and footwear manufacturers. Usually, the morphology of the foot is quantified by 2D footprints. However, footprint quantification ignores the foot's vertical dimension and hence, does not allow accurate quantification of complex 3D foot shape. Methods: The shape variation of healthy 3D feet in a population of 31 adult women and 31 adult men who live in Belgium was studied using geometric morphometric methods...
2018: Journal of Foot and Ankle Research
Adegbenro Omotuyi John Fakoya, David Adeiza Otohinoyi, Francis Adelade Fakoya
Background: Most studies have focused on ill-tendons with a little insight on how intrinsic factors correlate with the Achilles tendon (AT) morphology. Aim: This study aims at establishing how blood pressure (BP), blood glucose (BG), and body mass index (BMI) correlate with the morphology of the AT with emphasis on width changes. Materials and Methods: Participants were volunteers who were recruited during and after an organized health fair by the Medical Students' body of All Saints University, School of Medicine, Commonwealth of Dominica...
April 2018: Annals of African Medicine
Cheng-Lin Wang, Kai-Xue Cao, Jun-Zhong Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical effect of a new bundle-to-bundle suturing method for acute Achilles tendon rupture. METHODS: From April 2013 to January 2015, 15 patients with acute Achilles tendon rupture were treated with a new bundle-to-bundle suturing method including 12 males and 3 females with an average age of 37.5 years old ranging from 27 to 56 years old. All of them were immobilized by cast for 6 weeks on the underlying limbs, and were educated for a rehabilitation training during the follow-up...
February 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Chandong Jeong, Sung Eun Kim, Kyu-Sik Shim, Hak-Jun Kim, Mi Hyun Song, Kyeongsoon Park, Hae-Ryong Song
Tendon rupture induces an inflammatory response characterized by release of pro-inflammatory cytokines and impaired tendon performance. This study sought to investigate the therapeutic effects of simvastatin-loaded porous microspheres (SIM/PMSs) on inflamed tenocytes in vitro and collagenase-induced Achilles tendinitis in vivo. The treatment of SIM/PMSs in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated tenocytes reduced the mRNA expressions of pro-inflammatory cytokines (Matrix metalloproteinase-3 ( MMP-3 ), cyclooxygenase-2 ( COX-2 ), interleukin-6 ( IL-6 ), and tumor necrosis factor-α ( TNF-α ))...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ryuta Kinugasa, Keigo Taniguchi, Naoto Yamamura, Mineko Fujimiya, Masaki Katayose, Shu Takagi, V Reggie Edgerton, Shantanu Sinha
The in vitro unconstrained Achilles tendon is nearly straight, while in vivo experiments reveal that the proximal region of the Achilles tendon, adjacent to Kager's fat pad, bends ventrally during plantarflexion but remains nearly straight during dorsiflexion. Tendon bending is an important factor in determining the displacement of the foot compared to the shortening of the muscle fibers. The objective of this study was to elucidate the various mechanisms that could cause tendon bending, which currently remain unknown...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Meletis Rozis, Ioannis Benetos, Panagiotis Karampinas, Vasilios Polyzois, John Vlamis, Spyros Pneumaticos
BACKGROUND: Conservative treatment of an acute Achilles rupture remains a viable and acceptable option as does surgical fixation, with open and percutaneous repair consisting the main operative techniques. The purpose of this study was to compare the outcomes and complication rates of open versus percutaneous surgical procedures. METHODS: From 2009 to 2016, 131 patients were admitted to our department with clinically and radiologically confirmed acute Achilles tendon ruptures...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
Emilio Wagner, Pablo Wagner, Diego Zanolli, Rubén Radkievich, Gunther Redenz, Rodrigo Guzman
BACKGROUND: Tibialis posterior tendon transfer is performed when loss of dorsiflexion has to be compensated. We evaluated the circumtibial (CT), above-retinaculum transmembranous (TMAR), and under-retinaculum transmembranous (TMUR) transfer gliding resistance and foot kinematics in a cadaveric foot model during ankle range of motion (ROM). METHODS: Eight cadaveric foot-ankle distal tibia specimens were dissected free of soft tissues on the proximal end, applying an equivalent force to 50% of the stance phase to every tendon, except for the Achilles tendon...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
James Watson, Robert M Barker-Davies, Alexander N Bennett, Daniel T P Fong, Patrick C Wheeler, Mark Lewis, Craig Ranson
Objective: Several lower limb tendinopathy treatment modalities involve identification of pathological paratendinous or intratendinous neovascularisation to target proposed co-location of painful neoneuralisation. The ability to reliably locate and assess the degree of neovascularity is therefore clinically important. The Modified Ohberg Score (MOS) is frequently used to determine degree of neovascularity, but reliability has yet to be established among Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) consultants...
2018: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
Alper Çıraklı, Pınar Naile Gürgör, Erdal Uzun, Havva Erdem, Soner Çankaya, Orhan Baş
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to evaluate the potential adverse effects of tranexamic acid (TA) on tendon healing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twelve male Wistar-Albino rats (weighing 300 g to 350 g) were used in the study. Rats were divided into two groups. Right legs of the rats were determined as the TA group and left legs as the serum physiologic (SP) group. Bilateral Achilles tenotomy was performed and surgically repaired. For the right side, 1 mL of TA and for the left side, 1 mL of SP were applied...
April 2018: Eklem Hastalıkları Ve Cerrahisi, Joint Diseases & related Surgery
Yılmaz Eren, Oktay Adanır, Yaşar Mahsut Dinçel, Erdinç Genç, Yunus Ziya Arslan, Aysel Çağlar
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to compare the histopathological and biomechanical effects of low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) and rivaroxaban, which are frequently used in orthopedic surgery for thromboembolic prophylaxis, on rat Achilles tendon healing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the study, 36 adult, male Sprague Dawley rats weighing between 300 g and 400 g were used. Three groups were formed including 12 rats in each. Achilles tendons of all rats were cut and repaired...
April 2018: Eklem Hastalıkları Ve Cerrahisi, Joint Diseases & related Surgery
Jordi Vega, Albert Baduell, Francesc Malagelada, Jörg Allmendinger, Miki Dalmau-Pastor
BACKGROUND: Haglund syndrome is a common cause of heel pain. Risk for tendon detachment after calcaneoplasty can exist. Open Achilles tendon detachment, calcaneoplasty, bursectomy, pathologic tendon-tissue debridement, and tendon reattachment of the Achilles tendon is a common surgical management of Haglund syndrome combined with insertional Achilles tendinopathy. The aim of this study was to describe the endoscopic calcaneoplasty and anchor suture augmentation of the Achilles insertional area, and the results obtained in patients with an increased risk of Achilles tendon rupture after calcaneoplasty...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle International
Meghan Sahr, Daniel R Sturnick, O Kenechi Nwawka
This Institutional Review Board-approved pilot study attempted to detect the correlation between ultrasound shear wave elastographic measures and tendon loads. Five male fresh-frozen cadaveric Achilles tendons were loaded in 10-N increments from 0 to 60 N. Shear wave velocity measurements within each Achilles tendon were obtained at each load in longitudinal and transverse orientations. Shear wave velocity measurements were correlated with tendon tension on both longitudinal and transverse plane imaging and showed moderate and strong positive correlation coefficients, respectively...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Brent T Wise, Greg Erens, Aidin Eslam Pour, Thomas L Bradbury, James R Roberson
PURPOSE: Disruption of the extensor mechanism after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is an infrequent but devastating complication. Presently, limited data exists regarding the optimal treatment and long-term outcomes. METHODS: Patients who underwent reconstruction of their knee extensor mechanism using Achilles tendon allograft following TKA between January 2003 and January 2012 were identified. Sixteen patients with 17 reconstructions (10 patellar tendons, 7 quadriceps tendons) were studied...
March 7, 2018: International Orthopaedics
Kristoffer Weisskirchner Barfod, Anja Falk Riecke, Anders Boesen, Philip Hansen, Jens Friedrich Maier, Simon Doessing, Anders Troelsen
INTRODUCTION: Valid length measurements of the different segments of the Achilles tendon are needed in order to investigate if differential elongation of the Achilles tendon takes place after rupture. The purpose of this paper was to present data concerning the accuracy and reliability of an ultrasound measurement of the free part of the Achilles tendon. METHODS: Both legs of 19 non-injured subjects were examined by magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) and ultrasound...
March 2018: Danish Medical Journal
Sébastien Caudron, Hadrien Ceyte, Pierre-Alain Barraud, Corinne Cian, Michel Guerraz
Muscle-tendon vibration has often been used to study the contribution of proprioception to kinesthesia and postural control. This technique is known to simulate the lengthening of the vibrated muscle and, in the presence of balance constraints, evoke compensatory postural responses. The objective of the present study was to clarify the consequences of this stimulation on the dynamic features of whole-body movement perception in upright stance and in the absence of balance constraints. Eleven participants were restrained in a dark room on a motorized backboard that was able to tilt the upright body around the ankle joints...
2018: PloS One
Tomoya Sakabe, Keiko Sakai, Toru Maeda, Ataru Sunaga, Nao Furuta, Ronen Schweitzer, Takako Sasaki, Takao Sakai
Tendon is a dense connective tissue that transmits high mechanical forces from skeletal muscle to bone. The transcription factor scleraxis (Scx) is a highly specific marker of both precursor and mature tendon cells (tenocytes). Mice lacking scx exhibit a specific and virtually complete loss of tendons during development. However, the functional contribution of Scx to wound healing in adult tendon has not yet been fully characterized. Here, using ScxGFP-tracking and loss-of-function systems, we show in an adult mouse model of Achilles tendon injury that paratenon cells, representing a stem cell antigen-1 (Sca-1)-positive and Scx-negative progenitor subpopulation, display Scx induction, migrate to the wound site, and produce extracellular matrix (ECM) to bridge the defect, whereas resident tenocytes exhibit a delayed response...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Sebastian A Müller, Christopher H Evans, Patricia E Heisterbach, Martin Majewski
BACKGROUND: The role of the paratenon in tendon healing is unknown. The present study compares healing in the presence or absence of the paratenon in an Achilles tendon defect model in rats. HYPOTHESIS: Resection of the paratenon impairs tendon healing. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study. METHODS: Sixty skeletally mature Sprague Dawley rats were randomly assigned to either a resected paratenon (RP) group or an intact paratenon (IP) group...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Yavuz Selim Karatekin, Bedri Karaismailoglu, Gokhan Kaynak, Tahir Ogut, Atilla Suleyman Dikici, Emel Ure Esmerer, Onder Aydingoz, Huseyin Botanlioglu
BACKGROUND: Achilles tendon injuries are one of the most common tendon injuries. Surgical treatment is preferred in young and active patients. Although there are studies which evaluate the repair area with magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasonography after surgical treatment, there are very few studies which analyzes the elasticity of the tendon by quantitative methods. ARFI (acoustic radiation force impulse) elastography is a simple and non-invasive method that can quantitatively measure the elasticity of the soft tissues...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
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