Insertional Achilles Tendon Repair with Bioabsorbable Anchors and Suture

SUMMARY Sixty patients were systematically reviewed from the authors prior studies specifically for outcomes using bioabsorbable suture anchors who underwent repair of their Achilles insertion, with minimum two years post-index procedure. Fifty-five were chronic cases with and without calcific tendinosis and 5 were acute avulsions. Average age of the cohort was 51.5 ± 12.7 years. There were 38 males … Continued

Quantitative Weight Bearing and non-weight Bearing Measures of Stiffness in the Achilles Tendon and Gastrocnemius Muscle

SUMMARY Objectives. To establish quantitative values of stiffness for the Achilles tendon (AT) and Gastrocnemius muscle (GM) in participants weight bearing and non-weight bearing. Methods. Measurements of 25 participants taken bilaterally at 8 points along the AT, and 2 points at the GM included: Natural Oscillation frequency (F), dynamic stiffness (S), mechanical stress relaxation time … Continued

Combined ESWT & RSW Therapy for Achilles Tendinopathy: A Prospective Study

SUMMARY Introduction. Achilles tendinopathy is one of the most common overuse injuries of the foot and ankle in the active population. Many studies have shown radial sound wave therapy (RSW) or extra-corporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) to be a safe and effective conservative treatment options when used independently. Methods. In this prospective study, we examined the … Continued

The Effect of Different Suture Materials on Achilles Tendon Metabolism: A Preliminary in vivo Study of mRNA levels in Rabbits

SUMMARY Backround. Different suture materials are preferable for the repair of Achilles tendon ruptures. The effect of the sutures on the biological level on a repair scenario is still tentative. The purpose of this study is to show the effects of Vicryl®, Ethibond® and PDS®II on Achilles tendons at mRNA levels. Methods. 36 Achilles tendons … Continued