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What is calcification at the insertion site of the Achilles tendon

Calcifications: Bone is living tissue and responds to stress esp. At the areas where tendon attaches to bone. Over time the bone reacts to the pull of the tendon and lays down bone...These are often called spurs by many. The spurs are not by themselves a problem...But if they break they can be difficult to quite down. So if there is no pain, make sure the joint has normal range of movement and just watch it. ...Read more

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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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What to do if I have a painful lump on my Achilles tendon does anyone know what it could be?

What to do if I have a painful lump on my Achilles tendon does anyone know what it could be?

An exam is needed!: There are a number of things. A painful lump on the tendon can range from a cyst to a calcification, or even the beginning of a rupture. There needs to be more info given. I will say that in view that it is on the achilles tendon (a very large tendon) and you are having pain, it needs to be looked at by a physician. ...Read more

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What could cause pain in the back of my heel near the end of the Achilles tendon?

What could cause pain in the back of my heel near the end of the Achilles tendon?

The Achilles' tendon: Itself could be inflamed or degenerated, there may be calcification in the tendon, you can have an inflamed burase, a posterior heel spur or a haglund's deformity which is a protrusion of bone at the superior posterior aspect of the heel bone. ...Read more

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What can I do if my Achilles tendon hurts.What to do?

What can I do if my Achilles tendon hurts.What to do?

It needs treatment: When the achilles tendon is sore it is strained. The inflammation must be reduced along with reasonable rest to allow this to heal. Physical therapy can really speed up healing time. ...Read more

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What causes one's Achilles tendon to tear?

What causes one's Achilles tendon to tear?

Trauma: Most likely cause. There are medications that can cause the achilles to tear. ...Read more

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I resprained my Achilles tendon, what can I do to strengthen it again?

I resprained my Achilles tendon, what can I do to strengthen it again?

First: Give it time to heal. Then discuss specific exercise to strengthen that particular injury and he/she may send you for physical therapy. ...Read more

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How can you strengthen an Achilles tendon?

Physical therapy: If you are recuperating from an injury, consider asking your doc about physical therapy. ...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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I've been on crutches for 2 days now as I have hurt my Achilles tendon. What should I do because it is no better?

I've been on crutches for 2 days now as I have hurt my Achilles tendon. What should I do because it is no better?

Get it checked: Achilles injury can be serious and if ruptured may need surgery. At very least need an MRI and consult with foot and ankle specialists. ...Read more

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What can cause Achilles tendon pain?

What can cause Achilles tendon pain?

Tendinitis.: If the tendon is inflammed, it results in Achilles tendinitis. The pain is usually resolved with physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. ...Read more

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Achilles Tendon (Definition)

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