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damage to achilles tendon

Posted by Margo M on 3/22/02 at 07:46 (077166)

Dr. zuckerman,

thank you for your comments on the use of ESWT for my spurs on the calcaneus. I do have one further question...the calcification is quite large and my heel is constantly swollen at the back...can this large spur pierce or damage the achilles tendon? Would ESWT break up the spur or will it eventually have to be removed?

thank you

Re: damage to achilles tendon

DR Zuckerman on 3/22/02 at 17:17 (077246)

ESWT is very effective for painful insertional achilles tendonitis
The pain is due to the fibers of the achilles tendon being torn.

The body tried to heal the torn fibers by calification. This is what is called bone spurs. The size of the calcification has nothing to do with the pain

Re: damage to achilles tendon

DR Zuckerman on 3/22/02 at 17:17 (077246)

ESWT is very effective for painful insertional achilles tendonitis
The pain is due to the fibers of the achilles tendon being torn.

The body tried to heal the torn fibers by calification. This is what is called bone spurs. The size of the calcification has nothing to do with the pain