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Doctor insights on: Autoimmune Diseases And Achilles Tendon

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more


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How far does the Achilles tendon ascend in the leg? What is a common diagnostic tool to diagnose injury/disease of the tendon that isn't ruptured?

How far does the Achilles tendon ascend in the leg? What is a common diagnostic tool to diagnose injury/disease of the tendon that isn't ruptured?

1/3 up the leg: Achilles tendon merges into your gastro-soleus muscles about 1/3 up the leg from the heel. MRI is the best diagnostic tool to see inflammatory changes or tears. Real time Ultrasound examination shows full thickness tears. ...Read more

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Can topical steroid ointments for eczema have any affect whatsoever on tendon disorders? Recovering from levaquin-induced bilateral Achilles damage.

Can topical steroid ointments for eczema have any affect whatsoever on tendon disorders? Recovering from levaquin-induced bilateral Achilles damage.

No direct linkage: Topical steroids act locally for the most part. Ask your physician who prescribed the specific medication to make sure there is no known tendon-related side effects, especially since you have already had Levaquin (levofloxacin) induced tendon trouble in the past. ...Read more

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How can I heal hurt Achilles tendon?

How can I heal hurt Achilles tendon?

RICE: Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Use a heel lift in your shoes to take pressure off the achilles tendon. If persists see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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How do I know if I tore my Achilles tendon?

How do I know if I tore my Achilles tendon?

Often clinical dx: The signs of this are often fairly typical and a physician is usually able to tell with a simple examination; both palpation of the tendon and a test call the thompson test are easy techniques. A surgeon may order an MRI for preoperative planning if needed. ...Read more

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How can I know if I tore my achilles' tendon?

How can I know if I tore my achilles' tendon?

Pain: A full achille's tendon tear causes severe pain in the back of your leg, difficulty walking on the affected leg and possibly a "snapping" sound at the time of injury. A partial tear will cause pain and weakness in the affected leg. You need to see a doctor for further evaluation and treatment if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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When and how often should I ice my Achilles tendon?

Ice : I tell my patients up to 4 times a day for about 15-20 min. Do not apply directly on skin. Wrap ice in a small towel to prevent burns. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...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