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Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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Is there scar tissue associated with Achilles tendonitis?

Is there scar tissue associated with Achilles tendonitis?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What happens to the scar tissue within Achilles tendonitis? Is it forever a weak spot?

What happens to the scar tissue within Achilles tendonitis? Is it forever a weak spot?

Have it treated: Tears in the achilles or chronic inflammation can result in scarring, which is not as oriented or as strong as the natural tendon. Many are using fat-derived stem/stromal cells plus platelet-rich plasma to be placed (via guided ultrasound) within the shealth of the tendon. New tendon often results which is stronger and flexible like original tendon tissues. ...Read more

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I am going to disney world and I have a keloid scar in my Achilles tendon. Are there ways to cure this?

I am going to disney world and I have a keloid scar in my Achilles tendon. Are there ways to cure this?

Steroid Injections: If this is a true keloid scar, you can get improvement in the appearance of the scarring by flattening it out with serial steroid injections. I like to use kenalog (triamcinolone) 10 and have the patients come in at monthly intervals, usually about 3, for injections. Your scarring may be a hypertrophic scar instead of a keloid because it is in a location of motion. See your doctor for options. ...Read more

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Hello doctor, I have a soft tissue bulge that protrude when i run in my Achilles tendon and disappear when i don't. Hurts at times. Assist please.

Most likely muscle: Hernia, usually there is a sleeve of tissue around that area, sometimes get weak or injured , when you run the muscle get swelling and escaped from the weak spot. ...Read more

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Side of ankle stepped on w/cleats in early Nov. Don't know if it's tendons, ligaments or scar tissue. Hurts if pressed & looks little swollen at times?

Side of ankle stepped on w/cleats in early Nov. Don't know if it's tendons, ligaments or scar tissue. Hurts if pressed & looks little swollen at times?

Get an xray: You're still having pain from an injury sustained 2-3mo ago? It's time to see your Family Doc who can order an xray. If negative, s/he may order bone scan then MRI. Or just send you to Sports Med doc or Orthopedic surgeon. In meantime, ask for physical therapy & avoid those activities that aggravate area. ...Read more

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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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more