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Doctor insights on: Achilles Mri

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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Can other tendinopathies besides the Achilles seen on an Achilles MRI or does it require a different view (zoom, angle) of the extremity?

Can other tendinopathies besides the Achilles seen on an Achilles MRI or does it require a different view (zoom, angle) of the extremity?

Yes: An MRI will give soft tissue details on all of the structures it is imaging. For instance, an ankle MRI will show achilles tendinopathy as well as any pathology in the various tendons around the ankle such as the posterior tibialis, peroneus longus and brevis, flexor hallucis longus, and flexor digitorum longus. It will also be able to detail the condition of the various bones and joints imaged. ...Read more

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Is there achilles, soleus, gastrocnemius, tendon injuries/degeneration that are hard to see on MRI? Hardness alongside Achilles but MRI is normal

Is there achilles, soleus, gastrocnemius, tendon injuries/degeneration that are hard to see on MRI? Hardness alongside Achilles but MRI is normal

Mri may not show it: MRi primarily identifies soft tissue problems, muscle, tendon, fascia, etc. Calcifications are more difficult to identify. Plain radiographs and CT show calcifications to better advantage.Your physician who referred you for these studies should explain your options if this calcification is symptomatic. Calcifications in achilles tendon are often related to spur. ...Read more

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Feel something strange mid way between calf and Achilles. Had MRI; pillow was placed under legs. MRI normal. Might pillow have pushed it into place?

Feel something strange mid way between calf and Achilles. Had MRI; pillow was placed under legs. MRI normal. Might pillow have pushed it into place?

Need more info: without examining you and hearing your medical and possible athletic history, it is tough to make a diagnosis. It is possible you have a strain of plantaris muscle, which is in area you describe. You should be examined and followup with the doctor who ordered MRI ...Read more

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Lump on Achilles tendon. Mri shows nothing but the lump is visable just looking at my foot. Drs r stumped! very painful all the time. Any ideas?

Lump on Achilles tendon.  Mri shows nothing but the lump is visable just looking at my foot.  Drs r stumped!  very painful all the time.  Any ideas?

It is odd: That nothing would show on the mri! was the MRI performed with and without contrast. Soft tissues are usually very well defined on an mri. Any type of mass or even swelling would normally show on the study. ...Read more

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I'm having peroneal and Achilles surgery. My MRI shows lots of swelling, but no tear. Is the MRI accurate, and could tears still be present?

MRI/Achilles: MRIs sre quite accurate in visualizing tears. Certainly small tears within the tendon may be missed but major tears would be seen. ...Read more

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Is ice only a good treatment for acute injuries? My podiatrist has recommended icing 3 tinmes daily for insertional achilles tendonosis per MRI

Is ice only a good treatment for acute injuries?  My podiatrist has recommended icing 3 tinmes daily for insertional achilles tendonosis per MRI

Icy Hot.: There is a general consensus that icing might be indicated for most acute injuries. As one moves away from acuteness, however, the indications for the use of icing becomes fuzzy. Ultimately, it is a matter of experience and preference of the physician. ...Read more

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Achilles Tendon (Definition)

Your achilles tendon attaches from your calf muscle to the ...Read more