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      Surgical management of insertional calcific achilles tendinosis with a central tendon splitting approach.

      Foot & ankle international
      Achilles Tendon, Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Calcinosis, complications, Chronic Disease, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Pain Measurement, Probability, Recovery of Function, Retrospective Studies, Sensitivity and Specificity, Tendinopathy, etiology, radiography, surgery, Tendon Transfer, methods, Treatment Outcome

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          Insertional calcific Achilles tendinosis is a painful, frequently disabling condition. Numerous operative approaches for this problem have been described. This study evaluated the outcome of a central tendon splitting approach. Twenty-two patients were evaluated after a central tendon splitting approach for persistent insertional calcific Achilles tendinosis. Followup averaged 34 (11 to 64) months. Suture anchors were routinely used to augment the tendon insertion after debridement. An American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) hindfoot score, shoewear comfort, and return to work were evaluated. A paired t-test was used to evaluate the results. Pain significantly improved from 7 points preoperatively to 33 points postoperatively (p < 0.001). Function improved significantly from 36 points to 46 points (p < 0.001). The ankle-hindfoot score improved from 53 points to 89 points (p < 0.001). Age older or younger than 50 years did not affect outcome. A central tendon splitting approach yielded good relief of pain with improved function, shoewear, and ability to work without painful postoperative scars.

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