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....
Tendons are known to have a profound impact on the overall function of the
musculoskeletal system in their role as a structural link and force transmitter between
muscle and bone. Their unique viscoelastic response under tension allows efficient use and
recycling of stored energy during stretch involved in locomotion, modulating joint position
control, and providing protection from muscle injuries through reduction of mechanical
oscillation and shock.