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San Antonio, TX
A 52-year-old female asked:

What causes degenerative tears and syrinx in both achilles tendons?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Excessive : Strain and stress can cause degenerative changes. I am not sure what the word syrinx means or was supposed to mean.
Dr. Randy Lisch
Podiatry 38 years experience
Weak tendon sheath: Degenerative tears in the achilles are caused by a weak sheath that covers the tendon itself. Since the sheath protects the tendon and gives it it's nourishment, if it is congenitally weaker it will create tears. This is also made worse by Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or levoquin antibiotics and some statin drugs. A syrinx is a cavity in the spinal cord (short for syringomyelia), not in the achilles.

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San Antonio, TX
A 52-year-old female asked:

What does syrinx mean for Achilles tendons?

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Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
Podiatry 9 years experience
Spasticity/weakness: A syrinx is a collection of cerebrospinal fluid in a within the spinal canal. This collection may over time destroy parts of the spine leading to symptoms such as muscle weakness and spasticity amongst other things.
Bedford, IN
A 18-year-old female asked:

What happens if you tear your Achilles tendon?

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Dr. David Rothwell
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Torn achilles: You will need to have it surgically repaired. No other option. The recovery is quite lengthy in most cases. The DX is easy and a MRI is needed to delineate the extent of the tear.

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