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Noninsertional Achilles Tendinopathy: An Overview

  • Mark E Easley
  • Ian L.D Le
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As our society becomes increasingly more health conscious, participation in both competitive and recreational sports activities continues to see unprecedented growth. Consequently, there is a continued rise in the prevalence of sports overuse injuries. Tendon injuries account for 30% to 50% of all injures related to sports, and Achilles tendon disorders account for a substantial proportion of these injuries.1 Achilles injuries occur annually in 7% to 9% of athletes participating in running, basketball, volleyball, and squash.2,3 The physicians treating these athletes must have a sound understanding of noninsertional Achilles pathology to minimize morbidity and enable patients to return to their desired level of activity in a timely manner without residual or recurrent pain.

This chapter focuses on the terminology, relevant anatomy, epidemiology, and pathophysiology that provide a foundation for proper diagnosis and treatment of noninsertional Achilles tendinopathy.

Terminology

Achilles...

Keywords

Achilles Tendon Overuse Injury Achilles Tendinopathy Patellar Tendinopathy Achilles Tendon Rupture 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark E Easley
    • 1
  • Ian L.D Le
  1. 1.Division of Orthopaedic SurgeryDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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