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How can I tell if I have an Achilles tendon injury after my motorcycle accident?

How can I tell if I have an Achilles tendon injury after my motorcycle accident?

Weak plantar flexion: When walking, the calf muscle contracts, your foot pushes down, and you are propelled forward. If your foot is forced up while the gastroc is contracting, you can tear the achilles tendon. A partial tear may be more swollen and sore than weak, while a complete tear is weak. Lie on your stomach with your knee flexed, squeeze your calf, and your foot should plantar flex if the tendon is intact. ...Read more

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Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more


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Can you have an Achilles tendon injury without having any pain?

Have Neuropathy?: Any significant injury to the achilles will be painful unless you have neuropathy preventing normal pain sensation. ...Read more

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Where do you feel the pain if you have an Achilles tendon injury?

Where do you feel the pain if you have an Achilles tendon injury?

Behind your ankle: If you have an achilles tendon problem such as tendonitis or calcaneal bursitis you will feel pain in the posterior heel area it can either be just behind the heel or more above the ankle in the tendon area. ...Read more

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Curious as to why can't the body successfully heal an Achilles tendon injury or degeneration?

Curious as to why can't the body successfully heal an Achilles tendon injury or degeneration?

The body can: If yours isn't, then you need to seek medical attention to find out why and what can be done. ...Read more

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Why can't the body successfully heal an Achilles tendon injury?

Why can't the body successfully heal an Achilles tendon injury?

Needs rest: If you continue to walk on an injured area it does not get rest to help the body heal it. ...Read more

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What can I do to help an Achilles tendon injury heal more quickly?

Topaz: Tendon injuries can be difficult to treat. Aside from the normal treatments such as rest, therapy, casting or orthotics, some physicians are turning to topaz. Topaz is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency to treat the underlying tendon. In the right patient, topaz could speed up healing times considerably. ...Read more

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What can I do about an Achilles tendon injury from running?

What can I do about an Achilles tendon injury from  running?

Rest: This can be very serious and a precursor to rupturing the tendon. You should rest, ice and take time off. If there is any swelling or bruising, or inability to walk, you need to see a dr. ...Read more

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For what reason can't the body successfully heal an Achilles tendon injury or degeneration?

For what reason can't the body successfully heal an Achilles tendon injury or degeneration?

Many reasons may be: The injury could have happened for the same reason that it is now difficult to heal: metabolic/ hormonal/ medication side effects. However, other things can produce chronic inflammation as well, such as fibromyalgia for example. After the injury, a proper stretching routine, physical therapy are important, but the recovery may still take over a year on occasion. ...Read more

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Can someone help me verify that this is an Achilles tendon injury? It feels tight and hurts when i stretch.

See below: If you only have tightness and slight pain when you stretch it is probably not an achilles tendon injury. If you have pain on walking or exercising then it may be. ...Read more

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I am recovering from an Achilles tendon injury, what are some things I should be aware of?

What type....?: This depends on what type of injury you are recovering from. Strains are most responsive to rest and avoidance of stetching of the heel cord. However, there are a number of studies showing that tendinosis (tendinopathy) is best resolved through eccentric stretching exercises. Be evaluated and treated by an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon - one in your area can be found at www.Aofas.Org. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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Achilles Tendon Rupture (Definition)

Achilles tendon injuries are conditions affecting the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel bone. Injuries can include soreness from overuse or ...Read more