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Definition Tendon repair is surgery to repair damaged or torn tendons. Alternative Names Repair of tendon Description Tendon repair can be performed using: Local anesthesia (the immediate area of the surgery is pain-free) Regional anesthesia (the local and surrounding areas are pain-free) General anesthesia (the patient is asleep and pain-free) The surgeon make a cut in the skin over the injured tendon. The damaged or torn ends of the tendon are sewn together. If the tendon has been severely injured, a tendon graft may be required. In this case, a piece of tendon from the foot, toe, or another part of the body is often used. If necessary, tendons are reattached to the surrounding tissue. The surgeon examines the area to see if there any injuries to nerves and blood vessels. When complete, the wound is closed. Why the Procedure Is Performed The goal of tendon repair is to bring back normal function of joints or surrounding tissues following a tendon laceration . After the Procedure Tendon repairs ca...
I was looking forward to a field trip to hang out with a friend who lives in another city on this weekend. I had a whole list of fun things that we could do, such as hitting the museums and shopping at a few unique stores. When I emailed her to confirm our outing, she replied that she was going “to be a big, fat whiney baby” and cancel the trip. She was suffering from a sore foot and her doctor diagnosed it as “insertional Achilles tendinitis.” Then later in the week, I ended up taking lunch over to another friend who just had surgery on her plantar fasciitis, which is a thin ligament that connects the heel to the front of the foot. She previously had treatment done on the other foot for this same condition.
Both of these female friends have reached middle age and are in various stages of the menopausal transition. So that begs the question – are our tendons at increased risk for injury as we age? A new study suggests that they might be.
Definition Ankle pain involves any discomfort in one or both ankles. Alternative Names Pain - ankle; Sprain - ankle; Ankle sprain Common Causes Ankle pain is often due to an ankle sprain. An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments, which connect bones to one another. In most cases, the ankle is twisted inward, causing small tears in the ligaments. The tearing leads to swelling and bruising, making it difficult to bear weight on the joint. In addition to ankle sprains, ankle pain can be caused by: Damage or swelling of tendons (which join muscles to bone) or cartilage (which cushions joints) Infection in the ankle joint Osteoarthritis , gout , rheumatoid arthritis , Reiter syndrome , and other types of arthritis Problems in areas near the ankle that can cause you to feel pain in the ankle include: Blockage of blood vessels in the leg Heel pain or injuries Nerve injuries (such as tarsal tunnel syndrome or sciatica )
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