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A 41-year-old member asked:

is there scar tissue associated with achilles tendonitis?

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Dr. Samyukta Mullangi
Dr. Samyukta Mullangi answered
Dermatology 7 years experience
Possibly yes: Signs of inflammation such as swelling, warmth, and pain occur in a person with achilles' tendonitis. Damaged tendons can become calcified (get deposits of calcium), thicker than normal, less elastic (not as stretchable), and fibrotic (form scar tissue fibers). Tendon rupture occurs when a sudden shear stress force is applied to an already inflamed or damaged tendon.
Dr. Selene Parekh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 22 years experience
Depends: Is really depends. There is a gradation of issues with the tendon from simple tendonitis/inflammation to tendinosis/degeneration. The tendonitis can improve with little to no scar tissue. The tendinosis is less likely to do so.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what happens to the scar tissue within Achilles tendonitis?

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Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
Ineffective healing: When scar builds up in a torn or ruptured tendon, it is often not quality strength and will reinjure easily. The body tried to heal the tendon, but microtraumas continue to happen, cause inflammation and scar not lined up in the long axis of the tendon. Best treatments are often use of undifferentiated cells plus platelet concentrates injected into the tendon to heal with tendon, not scarring.

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