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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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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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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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Can Achilles tendonitis cause swelling, what feels like squeezing in the deep center tissue and hair loss in the same leg?

Can Achilles tendonitis cause swelling, what feels like squeezing in the deep center tissue and hair loss in the same leg?

I don't believe it : Causes hair loss. Also, Achilles tendonitis for the most part occurs closer to the attachment at the heel, as one goes higher in the leg near the calf this tendon becomes the gastrocnemius muscle. If you have pain in the calf region a DVT or clot must be ruled out. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get Achilles tendonitis, or is it unusual?

No: Check if you got an antibiotic like Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or Levaquin or other quinolone recently (sseveral days, or weeks). Ocassionally pts who took any of these got Achilles tendonitis or even rupture but may affect any tendon in the body. Not common. ...Read more

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How long should it take for Achilles tendonitis to heal completely?

8 months: It takes approximately 8 months for any tendon or ligament in the adult body to completely heal if it is not re-injured during the recovery time. ...Read more

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I have Achilles tendonitis for several years and it wont get better?

That's a long time: I would be curious to kow your prior treatment if any. Proper treatment should not take that long to heal. See a doctor, or physical therapist and have your condition treated appropriately. ...Read more

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What can you do for cardio exercise if you have Achilles tendonitis?

What can you do for cardio exercise if you have Achilles tendonitis?

Airdyne Bike: An airdyne bike has foot rests and handles for upper body motion. Swimming would also be recommended. ...Read more

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Can I run with my chronic Achilles tendonitis?

You can but...: You sure can run, but will you run as well as you would like to, I am not sure. If your achilles tendinitis is untreated, you might aggravate it even worse by running. I'd recommend that you get some physical therapy to get it under control and once it's improved, you may go back to running and other routine. ...Read more

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Can I heal my Achilles tendonitis while still dancing?

No: I suggest resting the tendon and seeking treatment for this sooner rather than later. I have been dealing with this condition myself for over five years, which was refractory to stretches, heel lifts, and eccentric strengthening. Newer treatments including ultrasounded guided tenotomy & prp really helped me. People are also now using stem cell treatments as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
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Achilles Tendonitis (Definition)

Achilles tendonitis is inflammation and pain of the Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle on the back of the leg to the bottom of the heel. Patients with Achilles tendonitis typically have pain when they flex their foot ...Read more


Dr. Barry Press
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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