Noninsertional achilles tendinopathy: An overview
As our society becomes increasingly more health conscious, participation in both competitive and recreational sports activities continues to see unprecedented growth. Consequently, there is a continued rise in the prevalence of sports overuse injuries. Tendon injuries account for 30% to 50% of all injures related to sports, and Achilles tendon disorders account for a substantial proportion of these injuries. Achilles injuries occur annually in 7% to 9% of athletes participating in running, basketball, volleyball, and squash. The physicians treating these athletes must have a sound understanding of noninsertional Achilles pathology to minimize morbidity and enable patients to return to their desired level of activity in a timely manner without residual or recurrent pain. This chapter focuses on the terminology, relevant anatomy, epidemiology, and pathophysiology that provide a foundation for proper diagnosis and treatment of noninsertional Achilles tendinopathy. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009.
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