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Achilles tendinitis

P A Pękala, B M Henry, A Ochała, P Kopacz, G Tatoń, A Młyniec, J A Walocha, K A Tomaszewski
The Achilles tendon (AT) consists of fibers originating from the soleus muscle (SOL), which lies deep, and the medial (GM) and lateral (GL) heads of the gastrocnemius muscle, which lie superficial. As the fibers descend toward the insertion of the AT, the individual subtendons twist around each other. The aim of this study was to investigate the twisted structure of the AT and its individual subtendons. Specimens of the AT, with preserved calcaneal bone and a fragment of the triceps surae muscle, were obtained from 53 fresh-frozen, male cadavers (n=106 lower limbs)...
January 30, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Masaki Takamura, Toshito Yasuda, Atsushi Nakano, Hiroaki Shima, Masashi Neo
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of PRP on Achilles tendon healing in rabbits during the inflammatory, proliferative, and remodeling phases by histological examination and quantitative assessments. METHODS: Fifty mature male Japanese albino rabbits with severed Achilles tendons were divided into two equal groups and treated with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or left untreated. Tendon tissue was harvested at 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 weeks after treatment, and sections were stained with hematoxylin-eosin and monoclonal antibodies against CD31 and type I collagen...
January 2017: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
N Chatzistefani, M J Chappell, C Hutchinson, S Kletzenbauer, N D Evans
The purpose of this study is to acquire mechanistic knowledge of the gastrocnemius muscle-Achilles tendon complex behaviour during specific movements in humans through mathematical modelling. Analysis of this muscle-tendon complex was performed to see if already existing muscle-tendon models of other parts of the body could be applied to the leg muscles, especially the gastrocnemius muscle-Achilles tendon complex, and whether they could adequately characterise its behaviour. Five healthy volunteers were asked to take part in experiments where dorsiflexion and plantar flexion of the foot were studied...
November 8, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences
Xudong Miao, Yongping Wu, Huimin Tao, Disheng Yang, Lu Huang
BACKGROUND: Transfer of a flexor hallucis longus (FHL) tendon can not only reconstruct the Achilles tendon but also provide ischemic tendinous tissues with a rich blood supply to enhance wound healing. This retrospective study aims to investigate clinical outcomes in patients who underwent repair of Kuwada grade IV chronic Achilles tendon rupture with long hallucis longus tendons harvested using a minimally invasive technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 35 patients who were treated for Kuwada grade IV Achilles tendon injuries from July 2006 to June 2011 were included in this retrospective study...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
K Karzis, M Kalogeris, D Mandalidis, N Geladas, K Karteroliotis, S Athanasopoulos
The purpose of this study was to investigate Achilles tendon blood flow in individuals with overpronated feet during non-weight- and weight-bearing positions. Achilles tendon blood flow was measured by means of the pulsatility index (PI) and the resistance index (RI) in 15 male individuals with overpronated feet and 15 counterparts with normal feet, using power Doppler ultrasonography (PDI). Achilles tendon ultrasonographic (US) assessment was performed at its musculo-tendinous junction (MTJ), mid-tendon (MT), and osseotendinous junction (OTJ) at a non-weight-bearing relaxed position (RP) and during two-leg stance (TLS) and one-leg upright stance (OLS)...
September 27, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Fabienne Parente, Matthew Vesnaver, Rami Massie, Alexis Baass
Tendinous xanthomas are often thought to be pathognomonic for familial hypercholesterolemia. In this report, we present the case of a young man with a normal lipid profile and Achilles tendon xanthoma. Biochemical and genetic studies confirmed the diagnosis of cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis in this patient. Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis is a rare autosomal recessive disease associated with xanthoma in tendons and the brain as well as progressive neurologic deficits. Unfortunately, this rare form of reversible dementia is thought to be underdiagnosed...
July 2016: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
Katie J Trella, Jun Li, Eleni Stylianou, Vincent M Wang, Jonathan M Frank, Jorge Galante, John D Sandy, Anna Plaas, Robert Wysocki
We have used a murine Achilles tendinopathy model to investigate whether tissue changes (such as collagen disorganization, chondroid metaplasia, and loss of tensile properties) which are broadly characteristic of human tendinopathies, are accompanied by changes in the expression of chromatin-modifying enzymes and the methylation status of promoter regions of tendon cell DNA. Tendinopathy was induced by two intra-tendinous TGF-β1 injections followed by cage activity or treadmill running for up to 28 days. Activation of DNA methyltransferases occurred at 3 days after the TGF-β1 injections and also at 14 days, but only with treadmill activity...
August 12, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Tina R Lang, Jill Cook, Ebonie Rio, James E Gaida
Fluoroquinolones (FQs) are highly effective broad-spectrum antibiotics. Clinical data reveal an increased incidence of tendon pain and rupture in those taking FQs, yet little is known about tendon structural changes. This review synthesises published data on tendon structural changes in people who have taken FQs. Eight databases were searched for potentially relevant articles (Medline, CINAHL, Biological Abstracts, AMED, Web of Knowledge, SCOPUS, SportDiscus and EMBASE) using MeSH and free-text searches. Inclusion and exclusion criteria determined which articles were used for this review...
August 1, 2016: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
Y B Huang, Y X Zhao, J J Xiao, M W Li, R Zhang, S L Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the characteristics of children male soccer players' ankle imaging features. METHODS: From October 2015 to February 2016, a total of 32 male children players of two soccer clubs in Guangzhou were enrolled in this study.The ages of all cases were from 10 to 14 years, average age was (11.3±0.9) years.A total of 15 male children in region ordinary primary and secondary school students were set as control group, ages were from 10 to 14 years, average age was (12...
July 5, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Liangliang Zhang, Long Zhang, Na Nian, Xuen Yu, Yongguang Shi, Yan Yan, Dandan Sun, Nan Cheng, Xun Wang, Renmin Yang
OBJECTIVE: To analyze a case of cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX) with mental retardation as the initial neurological symptom. METHODS: Medical imaging, histopathological assay and genetic testing were carried out to analyze the patient. RESULTS: Neurological manifestations of the 27-year-old male patient were initiated by mental retardation and subsequently memory lapses, ataxia, spastic paraplegia and fuzzy language. Other symptoms included cataract, xanthomatosis in Achilles tendon, kidney stones and high arches...
August 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
Yuki Arita, Hiroaki Taguchi, Ryota Hanada, Toshihiro Tono, Yasuo Ohsone, Utako Okata, Rie Irie, Yutaka Okano
We report a case of acute generalized pustular bacterid (AGPB) concomitant with erythema nodosum (EN), polyarthritis, and Achilles tendinitis. The patient was admitted with a complaint of fever, widespread plural pustules, erythema, and polyarthralgia. Histopathological examination of the skin lesions demonstrated features of AGBP and EN. Although arthralgia and AGPB can be recognized together, EN and Achilles tendinitis are rare manifestations seen in patients with AGPB. In this case report, we suggest arthralgia, EN, and Achilles tendinitis could coexist with AGPB...
July 20, 2016: Modern Rheumatology
Martin J Davison, S Kenneth David-West, Roderick Duncan
The most common cause of adolescent heel pain is calcaneal apophysitis also known as Sever's disease. The condition may occur in adolescent athletes, particularly those involved in running or jumping activities, during the pubertal growth spurt. The mean age of presentation in Sever's disease is ten, (range 7-15). It presents with posterior heel pain that is worse with activity and relieved by rest in most cases. Sever's disease, Osgood Schlatter's disease (tibial tuberosity) and Sinding-Larsen Johansson syndrome (distal patella) are all overuse syndromes brought about by repetitive submaximal loading and microtrauma...
May 2016: Practitioner
Shuai Fu, Ligang Cui, Xiaoxi He, Yang Sun
OBJECTIVES: To assess the elastic properties of the normal Achilles tendon in different age groups by Virtual Touch imaging quantification (VTIQ; Siemens Medical Solutions, Malvern, PA) shear wave elastography. METHODS: A total of 326 healthy volunteers older than 18 years were divided into different groups by sex and age. The thickness, shear wave velocity (SWV) in sagittal and axial sections, and anisotropic coefficient of the Achilles tendon in a state of relaxation were obtained by conventional sonography and Virtual Touch imaging quantification elastography...
September 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Christopher W Reb, Jeffrey E McAlister, Christopher F Hyer, Gregory C Berlet
Total ankle replacement studies have focused on reporting complications that are directly observed clinically or radiographically, including wound problems, technical errors, implant loosening, subsidence, infection, bone fractures, and heterotopic ossification. However, patients can still experience unresolved pain even when these problems have been ruled out. We initiated a study to more clearly define the relative risk of injury to the anatomic structures in the posterior ankle during total ankle replacement using a third-generation implant system...
September 2016: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Lucio Ventura-Ríos, Guadalupe Sánchez-Bringas, Carlos Pineda, Cristina Hernández-Díaz, Anthony Reginato, Magaly Alva, Marcelo Audisio, Ana Bertoli, Tomas Cazenave, Marwin Gutiérrez, Claudia Mora, Guillermo Py, Oscar Sedano, Carla Solano, Eugenio de Miguel
The objective of the present study is to evaluate, by ultrasonography (US), the prevalence in the quadriceps, patellar, and Achilles tendon involvement of gout compared to that of patients with osteoarthritis and asymptomatic marathon runners. This is a multicenter, multinational, transverse cross-sectional, and comparative study comprising 80 patients with the diagnosis of gout according to the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria, compared with two control groups: 35 patients with generalized osteoarthritis according to the ACR criteria and 35 subjects who were healthy marathon runners...
August 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
Lori A Michener, Kornelia Kulig
The majority of muscles have distinct tendinous attachments to bones; however, only a few tendons develop painful conditions. That simple observation prompts us to ask a few questions. Are there commonalities in morphology and pathology among the painful tendons? What contributes to the propensity for pathology in some, but not all, tendons? And, consequently, should all tendinopathies be managed equally? Two common tendinopathies are those affecting the Achilles and supraspinatus, which are presented in this special issue and serve as excellent models to discuss similarities and contrasts...
November 2015: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Cristiano Pedrozo Vieira, LetÍCia Prado De Oliveira, Flávia Da Ré Guerra, Maria Cristina Cintra Marcondes, Edson Rosa Pimentel
The myotendinous junction (MTJ) is the weakest element in the muscle-tendon unit of the heel, and thus the most susceptible to injuries. The scarcity of adequate treatments means that tendinitis is a major concern to athletes and other groups who depend on their physical fitness, although green tea and glycine have both been shown to have beneficial effects on the inflammation. The present study investigated the remodeling effects of green tea and glycine in the MTJ of rats with tendinitis. For this, male Wistar rats were divided into five groups: animals without tendinitis and animals with tendinitis; animals with tendinitis supplied with green tea; animals with tendinitis supplied with a glycine diet; animals with tendinitis supplied with a green tea and glycine diet...
July 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Takahiro Zenda, Ichiro Araki, Otoyuki Nakamiya, Yuji Tokuumi, Yuka Shimada, Keigo Komai, Yukie Taniuchi
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease often have extraintestinal manifestations (EIMs) involving almost all organ systems, but little has been reported on Achilles tendinitis. Herein, we present a unique case of Achilles tendinitis, which manifested shortly after initiation of mesalazine therapy for ulcerative colitis. A 26-year-old Japanese woman with bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps lasting for 7 days was referred to our hospital. The Lichtiger clinical activity index (CAI) score was 9 at the first visit...
June 2016: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Eduardo B Bermudez, Leslie Storey, Sheila Mayo, Gregory Simpson
Tendinous and subcutaneous xanthomas are nodular deposits of lipid-filled macrophages, which commonly form on the Achilles tendon, hands, feet, elbows, and knees. These nodules are frequently associated with familial hyperlipidemia, a group of diseases involving impaired cholesterol metabolism, and the accelerated development of atherosclerotic plaques. Since xanthomas may precede the diagnosis of hyperlipidemia, early identification can lead to preventative treatment that reduces the risk and morbidity of cardiovascular disease, including myocardial infarction...
September 2015: Case Reports in Dermatology
Puja Srivastava, Amita Aggarwal
Ultrasound (US)-guided corticosteroid injection has been shown to be safe and effective for varied causes of plantar fasciitis; however, its use for Achilles tendinitis is controversial. We studied the efficacy and changes in US findings at Achilles enthesitis after corticosteroid injection in patients with spondyloarthropathy (SpA). Patients with SpA with symptomatic Achilles enthesitis, refractory to 6 weeks of full-dose NSAIDs, were offered US-guided local corticosteroid injection. Injected entheses were examined by US (both B mode and power Doppler) at baseline and 6 weeks after injection...
June 2016: Rheumatology International
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