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Surgery may not be necessary for Achilles tendon rupture
The two ends of a ruptured Achilles tendon are often stitched together before the leg is put in plaster, in order to reduce the risk of the tendon rupturing again. However, Katarina Nilsson Helander, M.D., Ph.D. at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, now suggests that surgery may be unnecessary. Patients who do not undergo surgery have just as good a chance of recovery. (2009-05-14)

Ultrasound-guided injections help ease chronic Achilles tendon pain
Patients with chronic tendinosis of the Achilles tendon can experience a reduction in pain when injected with a small amount of a dextrose solution, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. (2007-10-29)

Technology set to personalize tendon and tissue injury rehab
A revolution in the treatment and rehabilitation of muscle/tendon injuries is on its way with the development of a ground-breaking new intelligent technology developed at Griffith University and the University of Auckland. (2016-02-18)

Lengthening achilles tendon reduces recurrence of diabetic foot ulcers
Some people with diabetes struggle with ulcers forming on the bottom of their feet; worse yet, many of these ulcers come back after treatment. A study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis demonstrates that a surgical procedure to lengthen the Achilles tendons of patients with diabetes significantly reduces the risk of ulcer recurrence. (2003-07-31)

Scientists discover new clues explaining tendon injury
Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London have identified a component of tendons which could lead to the development of tests and treatments to target tendon disorders. (2012-07-04)

'Nonsurgical' method for chronic tendinosis of the Achilles tendon
Researchers have found an alternative, (2009-04-23)

New research gives clues as to why older people get more tendon injuries
New research into how tendons age has found that the material between tendon fiber bundles stiffens as it gets older and that this is responsible for older people being more susceptible to tendon injuries. (2015-04-20)

UEA research shows moderate exercise could be good for your tendons
Moderate exercise could be good for keeping your tendons healthy according to new research from the University of East Anglia funded by Arthritis Research UK. The onset of tendon disease has previously been associated with exercise. However new research published today in the journal Molecular Cell Research shows that doing moderate exercise could help guard against and treat the painful and often debilitating condition. (2013-08-07)

One-third of NFL players with Achilles tendon injuries sidelined
More than a third of National Football League players who sustained an Achilles tendon injury were never able to return to professional play according to research in the current issue of Foot & Ankle Specialist (published by SAGE). The injured players who did return to active play averaged a 50 percent reduction in their power ratings. (2010-01-11)

Newer treatment for Achilles tendon disorder does not appear to be effective
An apparently increasingly used treatment method for a type of Achilles tendon disorder that includes injection of platelet-rich plasma into the tendon does not appear to result in greater improvement in pain or activity compared to placebo, according to results of a preliminary study published in the Jan. 13 issue of JAMA. (2010-01-12)

Fallout from nuclear testing shows that the Achilles tendon can't heal itself
Notorious among athletes and trainers as career killers, Achilles tendon injuries are among the most devastating. Now, by carbon testing tissues exposed to nuclear fallout in post WWII tests, scientists have learned why: Like our teeth and the lenses in our eyes, the Achilles tendon is a tissue that does not repair itself. (2013-02-12)

Attention runners: Achilles can handle 'ups and downs' better than you think
A study authored by BYU researchers reveals great news about the Achilles heel: the Achilles tendon is capable of adapting to uphill and downhill running better than previously believed. Their findings show that there is no increased risk for Achilles injury when running at different grades. The research should be of interest to marathon runners, who often face various grades during competition. (2015-02-12)

Achilles tendon ruptures missed in 1 of 4 cases, but surgery not needed for most
Achilles tendon disorders are common and often misdiagnosed, with about 25 percent of ruptures missed during initial examination, but the prognosis is favorable for the vast majority of patients, according to researchers from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and the Rothman Institute of Jefferson Medical College. (2015-10-29)

Discovery brings scientists 1 step closer to understanding tendon injury
Research led by Queen Mary University of London has discovered a specific mechanism that is crucial to effective tendon function, which could reveal why older people are more prone to tendon injury. (2014-01-08)

Nonsurgical and surgical treatments provide successful outcomes for an Achilles tear
A new literature review published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) found successful outcomes for an Achilles tendon tear with either minimally invasive surgery or nonsurgical bracing with a removable boot, especially in recreational athletes. (2017-01-09)

High cholesterol linked to heightened risk of tendon abnormalities and pain
High levels of total cholesterol are linked to a heightened risk of tendon abnormalities and pain, reveals a pooled analysis of the available evidence published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (2015-10-15)

Sports medicine researcher studies impact of lockouts, warns NBA of injuries
With NBA training camps underway, serious injuries may come next. A national sports medicine expert, who published findings in a respected medical journal, says NBA players should learn from the NFL when Achilles tendon injuries quadrupled this year compared to past years. (2011-12-12)

High-strain tendons repair less frequently
A study appearing in the May 21 Journal of Biological Chemistry has found that tendons in high-stress and strain areas, like the Achilles tendon, actually repair themselves less frequently than low-stress tendons. This study sheds some light on the increased susceptibility of certain tendons to injury during aging. (2010-05-25)

First step toward treatment for painful flat feet
A team led by the University of East Anglia has made an advance in understanding the causes of adult-acquired flat feet -- a painful condition particularly affecting middle-aged women. (2012-01-11)

Stem cells can repair torn tendons or ligaments
Weekend athletes who overexert themselves running or playing basketball may one day reap the benefits of research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that shows that adult stem cells can be used to make new tendon or ligament tissue. (2006-04-04)

Differences in foot structure associated with overuse injuries
A recent study by a Mayo Clinic orthopedic researcher and researchers from the Naval Health Research Center and Naval Medical Center sheds some light on factors involved in overuse injuries suffered by people who pursue intense training activities (1999-12-01)

Researchers determine why tendons break down with age
Scientists at Queen Mary University of London have identified differences in the proteins present in young and old tendons, in new research that could guide the development of treatments to stop tissue breakdown from occurring. (2014-08-05)

Rat study provides insights on tendon overuse injuries
In research conducted in rats, investigators have shown for the first time the effect of rotator cuff tendon overuse, or tendinopathy, on surrounding tissues. (2016-12-21)

Scientists work to engineer an injectable therapy for rotator cuff injuries
A research team at Georgia Tech is attempting to engineer an injectable therapy for the shoulder's supraspinatus tendon, a rotator cuff tendon that is commonly torn in sports. When the tendon is damaged, the body makes things worse by activating enzymes that further break down the tendon. The scientists hope to develop an injectable compound that would deliver an inhibitor capable of blocking these enzymes, thereby reducing the severity of the injury or even healing the tissue. (2013-11-27)

Unlocking the secrets of the Achilles' heel
Walking, running, sprinting -- every movement of the foot stretches the Achilles' tendon. When jumping, the loads can approach ten times the body weight. Amazingly, the connection between the heel bone and Achilles' tendon withstands theses tremendous loads. A team of doctors, physicists, chemists and engineers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now discovered why. (2017-02-28)

Tendon complications, though rare, linked to statins
A new study found that, although rare, tendon complications are linked to the use of statins. (2008-02-28)

Corticosteroids aid healing -- if the timing is right
A corticosteroid can improve the healing of damaged tendons, but it must be given at the right time, according to a new study from Linköping University in Sweden. In rats, the tendon became twice as strong. The results are presented in the journal Scientific Reports. (2017-10-17)

Achilles tendon injuries more likely in male 'Weekend Warriors' than others
Male athletes are the group most likely to tear their Achilles tendon, according to a new study published in the April 2013 issue of Foot & Ankle International, A SAGE journal. The activity most likely to cause the injury was basketball, and NBA players such as Kobe Bryant have been in the news lately for this exact injury. (2013-04-23)

Stem Cell Implants Show Promise For Treating Torn Tendons
University of Cincinnati biomechanics researchers have shown that stem cell implants developed by Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. can greatly reduce the time needed to heal torn tendons (1997-04-02)

Stem cells could heal equine tendon injuries
Tendon injuries affect athletic horses at all levels. Researchers from the University of Connecticut are studying the use of stem cells in treating equine tendon injuries. Their findings were published Oct. 16 in the Journal of Animal Science Papers in Press. Stem cells injections are already common veterinary medicine, and scientists are curious how to make stem cell treatments more effective. (2012-11-01)

No good evidence that shock-absorbing insoles stave off injuries or stress fractures
There's no good evidence that shock-absorbing insoles, which are used to reduce impact and minimize muscle, tendon, and bone damage, do stave off injuries or stress fractures, reveals a pooled analysis of the available data, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (2016-12-12)

Longer toes, unique ankle structure aid sprinters
Longer toes and a unique ankle structure provide sprinters with the burst of acceleration that separates them from other runners, according to biomechanists. (2009-11-03)

Tendon stem cells could revolutionize injury recovery
The buildup of scar tissue makes recovery from torn rotator cuffs, jumper's knee, and other tendon injuries a painful, challenging process, often leading to secondary tendon ruptures. New research reveals the existence of tendon stem cells that could potentially be harnessed to improve tendon healing and even to avoid surgery. (2019-11-25)

Future wearable device could tell how we power human movement
For athletes and weekend warriors alike, returning from a tendon injury too soon often ensures a trip right back to physical therapy. However, a new technology developed by University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers could one day help tell whether your tendons are ready for action. (2018-04-24)

Scientists reveal new insights into tendon injury
Scientists have discovered how tendons -- the fibrous tissue that connects muscle to bone -- become damaged through injury or the aging process in what could lead to new treatments for people with tendon problems. (2011-03-01)

Stem cells inside sutures could improve healing in Achilles tendon injuries
Researchers have found that sutures embedded with stem cells led to quicker and stronger healing of Achilles tendon tears than traditional sutures, according to a new study published in the March 2014 issue of Foot & Ankle International (published by SAGE). (2014-03-12)

This is why it takes so long to get over tendon injuries
The Achilles heel of the body - getting over damage to tendons can be a long and painful process. By combining the nuclear tests of the 1950s with tissue samples and modern technology, a research collaboration between the Aarhus University and University of Copenhagen now reveals why the healing process is so slow. (2013-02-15)

Individual differences in Achilles tendon shape can affect susceptibility to injury
Individual variation in the shape and structure of the Achilles tendon may influence our susceptibility to injury later in life, says a study published today in eLife. (2021-02-16)

Was ability to run early man's Achilles heel?
The earliest humans almost certainly walked upright on two legs but may have struggled to run at even half the speed of modern man, new research suggests. (2007-09-11)

Studies reveal characteristics of bone and tendon injuries incurred by Olympic athletes
Female athletes participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were more likely to experience bone stress injuries in their lower extremities while competing in track and field compared to other events. In addition, tendon abnormalities similarly were most common in track and field athletes, however they most frequently involved the shoulder, Achilles and patellar tendons. (2017-10-30)

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