The Achilles Tendon: types of injuries and treatment

Written by: Dr. David López Capapé
Published: | Updated: 22/05/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

In the video below the Dr. Capapé Lopez we talk about Achilles Tendon injuries.


That is the Achilles tendon?

The Achilles Tendon is the most powerful tendon in our body and is a tendon that connects the muscles of the calf and the soleus to calcaneus bone. It is essential for walking, running and jumping.


are the most common injuries to the Achilles tendon?

The most frequent injury of the Achilles tendon are on one side, breaks and other tendinopathies called. The breaks almost always occur in people practicing sport, especially when there is a sudden sprint or jump. Tendinopathies, on the other hand, are injuries that occur gradually and almost always much incapacitate patients for sports or even walking. The tendinopathies can be split into: insertional, when the problem is where the tendon attaches to the calcaneus bone, including Haglund syndrome, and no insertional, which affects the tendon body.


How can we treat these injuries?

Ruptures of the Achilles tendon when they are complete should almost always try to shape surgical. That is, requiring an operation in which the break is repaired, the tendon joins again and then after a rehabilitation process that varies in time, the patient recovers for sports. Tendinopathies are injuries that require a Multidisciplinary Treatment and is almost always extended in time. You have to make a change in activity, it should be strengthened, to do physical therapy and sometimes other partners or special physiotherapy. But if they all fail, the surgical treatment is successful in the vast majority of cases.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. David López Capapé
Orthopaedic Surgery

Renowned orthopedic specialist orthopedic surgery and sports medicine for over 15 years. He is a physician partner of the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation since 1999, and was responsible for doping of the Federation from February 2004 until April 2005. After many years of practice in different public hospitals in Madrid, has a private clinic visit CEMTRO and BiClinic.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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