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Health Tip: Tendonitis 101

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by

-- Tendonitis occurs when the thick cords of tissue that connect muscles to bone become inflamed and painful. Tendonitis can be triggered by an injury, muscle overuse, improper stretching or incorrect form during exercise, the American Podiatric Medical Association says. The condition usually resolves on its own with rest, ice and elevation. But it may be time to visit the doctor if symptoms ...

How Doctors Decide to Treat a Ruptured Achilles

Posted 27 Mar 2017 by

SATURDAY, March 25, 2017 – Whether your doctor recommends surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon may depend partly on your age and activity level, foot experts say. The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. A rupture is a complete or partial tear of the tendon that leaves the heel bone separated or partially ...

ACL Tears on the Rise Among Kids, Especially Girls

Posted 22 Feb 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 22, 2017 – As kids play sports like soccer and football with more frequency and force, many are damaging their knees, a new study finds. A common knee injury – an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear – has steadily increased among 6- to 18-year-olds in the United States, rising more than 2 percent a year over the last two decades, researchers report. These injuries peak in ...

Health Tip: Trouble Flexing a Finger?

Posted 8 Feb 2017 by

-- Trigger finger occurs when an irritated tendon prevents you from fully extending the finger, causing it to stay in a bent position. Here are common symptoms, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: A tender lump in the palm of your hand. Swelling of the finger. A sensation of popping or catching in a finger joint. Painful bending or straightening of a finger. Stiffness of ...

The Football Injuries Most Likely to End an NFL Career

Posted 8 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 8, 2016 – When the NFL season kicks off Thursday night with a rematch between last year's Super Bowl teams, the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, football fans will be focusing on which franchise claims victory this time around. But fears of career-ending injuries lurk in the back of the minds of professional football players every time they take the field, and a new ...

Health Tip: Recognizing Achilles Tendinitis

Posted 4 May 2016 by

-- Tears, degeneration and inflammation may all contribute to Achilles tendinitis, leading to heel and ankle pain. Here are common symptoms of the condition, courtesy of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society: A painful, burning sensation in the tendon at the back of the ankle and top of the heel. Pain that is worse first thing in the morning, and often improves when you're moving. ...

Doctors Often Flub Achilles Tendon Diagnosis, Review Finds

Posted 6 Nov 2015 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 – Achilles tendon problems are often misdiagnosed, but many patients still have good outcomes, a new study suggests. For example, about one-quarter of Achilles tendon ruptures are missed during doctors' initial examinations, according to the authors of the clinical review published in the November issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The Achilles ...

Study Sees Link Between High Cholesterol and Tendon Trouble

Posted 16 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 – High cholesterol levels may increase your risk of tendon problems and pain, a new study suggests. Tendons are the tough fibers connecting the body's muscles and bones. The researchers suspect cholesterol buildup in immune cells can lead to chronic low-level inflammation, prompting tendon abnormalities and pain. They analyzed 17 studies published between 1973 and 2014 that ...

Gender Doesn't Influence Hamstring Strain Recovery Time

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Recovery time is similar for male and female college soccer players who've strained their hamstrings, but different factors affect their readiness to return to play, a new study finds. "Multiple factors may influence the return-to-play time after an injury," study author Kevin Cross, UVA-HealthSouth in Charlottesville, Va., said in a National Athletic Trainers' ...

Health Tip: When Heel Pain is Afoot

Posted 27 Jul 2015 by

-- Pain in the heel may range from a minor nuisance to disabling. The American Podiatric Medical Association mentions these possible causes: Formation of a spur, a non-cancerous bony growth, in this case on the bottom of the heel. Plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue at the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. Pronation, in which the foot turns too much toward the inside. This ...

When to Ice, When to Heat

Posted 11 May 2015 by

SUNDAY, May 10, 2015 – Athletes aren't always sure whether to use heat or ice on injuries and aches and pains, so here is some advice from experts. If you suffer a sudden sports injury, you should follow a recovery program known as RICE: rest, ice, compression, elevation. "Elevation is probably the most important thing because it limits the amount of blood flow to the area and the amount of ...

Achilles Tendon Can Handle Downhill Running: Study

Posted 17 Feb 2015 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 17, 2015 – The Achilles tendon can handle downhill running better than previously thought, says a study that offers good news for distance runners. The key is to transition gradually to downhill running, the Brigham Young University researchers noted. "Runners can know it is safe to transition to downhill running and include it in normal training and racing," study author Katy ...

Tendon Injuries May Be Linked to Estrogen Levels in Female Athletes

Posted 14 Sep 2010 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 14 – The risk of tendon injuries appears to be greater in female athletes with naturally higher levels of estrogen, a small European study suggests. The findings suggest it may be a good idea to test estrogen levels in order to identify at-risk athletes so that extra precautions can be taken when planning their training program, said Katherine E. Burgess, of the University of ...

For Achilles Overuse, Plasma Injections Look No Better Than Placebo

Posted 13 Jan 2010 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13 – A new treatment for overuse injury of the Achilles tendon doesn't appear to be effective, a new study shows. Researchers in the Netherlands concluded that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are no better than placebo in reducing pain or improving a patient's ability to be active. The study included 54 patients, aged 18 to 70, with chronic Achilles tendinopathy. All the ...

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