Achilles tendon disorders

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  • Achilles tendon is beside a quadriceps one, the strongest tendon in human body. Its name arises from the ancient hero Achilles. His mother Thetis wanted to make him invulnerable by immersing him in the saint river Styx. As she had to hold him his heel remained unprotected and thus his weakest point. This was a cause of his death – he was hit in a heel by a poisoned Paris’ arrow (led by a God Apollo) in the siege of Troy (term “Achilles heel” is so commonly used to describe the weakest point of someone). The name Achilles tendon comes from the story of the siege...

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  • There are only a few studies on calf muscle strength in patients with Achilles tendon disorders. Calf muscle strength has been measured after rehabilitation in pa- tients with surgically treated complete Achilles tendon ruptures4,14,15,17 and in patients with complete Achilles tendon ruptures treated either surgically or nonsurgi- cally.

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  • Despite of the fact that Achilles tendon rupture is not a very common injury, it has always attracted a great attention. Hippocrates is believed to be the first who wrote about its treatment, but the first description of the Achilles tendon rupture can be found in the works of Ambrois Pare in 1575. “Modern” concepts of conservative as well as operative treatment with many proposed methods can be found since 1929 in works of Quenu and Stojanović. These works still attract attention and many publications still arise every year....

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