Anatomical and Functional Considerations in Achilles Tendon Lesions

The pathologic conditions of the Achilles tendon are best understood in the context of its unique anatomy and functional demands. Some of these unique considerations include its high physiologic load demands, microscopic tissue composition, muscular origin spanning the knee joint, intimate insertional relationship with the plantar fascia, sensory innervation, and vascular supply with watershed areas. Risks of both acute rupture and chronic tendinopathy are affected by the tendon ’s anatomy and its functional demands. The tendon’s functional anatomy changes with advancing age, notably in its collagen composition and vascular supply.
Source: Foot and Ankle Clinics - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research

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