‘Artificial Tendons’ Can Shorten Recovery Periods in Sports Related Injuries
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Description: Muscle-bound: The treatments could herald a revolution in how we treat tendon and muscle issues across the human bodyScientists at the University of Pennsylvania have come up with a new method to help those suffering from torn tendons or ligaments.  Their approach involves creating composite nanofibrous scaffolds which can guide cells in how to lay down new tissue.  These findings were developed by professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering Robert Mauck and graduate student Brendon Baker, PhD.  “This approach transforms what was once an interesting biomaterials phenomenon – cells on the surface of nanofibrous mats – into a method by which functional, three-dimensional tissues can be formed” said Mauck.  Their materials are being tested in a model of meniscus repair and other orthopedic uses.  

According to the article by Eddie Warenn, this new artificial tendon can bring a halt to long periods of recovery time of those of suffer injuries like knee tears, rotator cuff injuries and Achilles tendon ruptures. If you suffer from a similar injury of the foot or ankle it is best to seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel can examine your injury and recommend appropriate treatment options.  

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility


Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery.

If you have any questions, contact our office in Spring Hill, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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