Is Winter Worse for Achilles Tendons?

Doctors see more Achilles tendonitis (AT) in winter than in summer, even though it’s likely that more people are out running, jumping, and even walking in balmier weather than in winter. What’s up with that? It’s because folks who are trying to keep in shape are likely, when they’re not toasting their toes by the…

Calcific Tendinosis

Calcific tendinosis sounds pretty bad, and it is. This is a condition in which the Achilles tendon calcifies — it gets hard. There is usually a calcified mass right by the Achilles tendon. Tendons are rope-like structures in our bodies. They stretch and return to their original position, bringing other body parts along with them.…

Fabian Johnson out with Achilles Tendon Injury

Fabian Johnson, United States international defender, is expected to be out “until further notice” with an Achilles tendon injury. Early reports said the soccer play would be sidelined for the rest of the year, but latest updates are less optimistic. There are a number of different Achilles tendon injuries, and some can take more than…

The Cast

When I woke from Achilles tendon surgery, I had a heavy bandage (a compressive¬† Robert Jones dressing to be technical). The nerve block was working well, so I could neither feel nor move any of my toes. When the feeling did finally come back, we went to the cast room, where I got my first…

Achilles Tendon vs. Achilles’ Heel

Is your Achilles tendon your Achilles’ heel? The mythical Greek hero Achilles was almost invincible. Almost, because his special powers came from a dipping in the River Styx, the river on which the Ancient Greeks believed people traveled to the afterworld when they died. Achilles’ mother, an immortal nymph named Thetis, held him by the…

Achilles Tendon Surgery

Achilles tendon surgery is one of the most common options if you have a ruptured Achilles tendon. There’s controversy over whether surgery is the best option. Some studies show that using a cast without surgery gets some people up and around faster, while other studies show that re-rupturing is more common without surgery. Since Achilles…

Meeting the Doctor

I have learned over the years that the quality of physicians is as variable as the quality of any other profession, and getting a bad one can make for a really bad day (or lifetime). Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, has become my “go to” place for all of my problems outside of the usual…

Achilles Tendon Basics

  Achilles tendon basics The Achilles tendon connects the foot to the leg. Specifically, it begins at the calf muscle and attaches to the heel bone, creating a flexible connection between the leg and the foot that allows walking, jumping, and running. It is the longest tendon in the body, and we use it constantly.…

The Injury: An Achilles Tendon Tear

Like most of my injuries, the Achilles tendon tear came about in…unusual circumstances. I had been having some problems with the tendon and pain, some days it would be fine and then some days I could barely walk on it. A workup by an Ortho Doctor at the Mayo Clinic showed, among other things calcification…

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