Many Achilles tendon surgery patients are getting back on their feet faster, thanks to new procedures and techniques.
The introduction of tissue graft products, bone anchors, radio frequency treatments and new arthroscopic procedures provides patients with less invasive treatments and speedier recovery times. More than 1,000 foot and ankle surgeons are learning about the latest treatments and techniques for foot and ankle conditions at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) 66th Annual Scientific Conference in Long Beach this week.
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A tendon can be one of the most common and frustrating injuries for an athlete - often forcing them to stay away from the sports field for up to eight weeks.

But now the pioneering research of a University of Manchester student could be about to speed up the recovery process.

Lucy Bosworth, from the University's School of Materials, has developed a way of spinning biodegradable nanofibres into a 'fabric' that could be used in the body as an artificial tendon.

The artificial tendon can be surgically grafted onto the site of an injury, where it encourages the injured tendon to grow and repair, before safely degrading.

And that, researchers believe, would dramatically decrease the time needed for a tendon to heal.
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Check out this interesting story about a non-surgical method used to treat a partially torn achilles tendon on a 34 year old competitive athlete. Using "autologous platelet growth factors through multiple platelet-rich plasma injections", the athlete was back on the basketball court in 64 days. Yes, 64 days!

Full case study and more; a pretty interesting read:

Two-time All-Big Ten player out for remainder of NCAA tournament

Lucas began hopping on one leg and keeping his left foot off the ground after making a runner and landing awkwardly on his left leg near the baseline with 2:28 remaining in the first half. It was his only field goal in four shots. He had six assists and one turnover in 16 minutes.

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22 year old avoids serious injury, out 2 weeks

Bynum said there wasn't any collision that caused the injury; he was simply running back on defense when it occurred. He said he would have an MRI on Saturday.

"I felt a really sharp, really quick pain," Bynum said after the game, wearing a walking boot on his left foot. "[It was] maybe one, two seconds of sharp pain."
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Beckham's World Cup dreams over

David Beckham has been ruled out of the World Cup after tearing his Achilles tendon during AC Milan's Serie A game with Chievo.
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Returning from Achilles tendonitis, center ruptures Achilles in first game back

Okur was injured while driving to the basket in the first half of Utah's Game 1 loss at Denver on Saturday night. Before the game, he had taken a painkilling shot to treat his Achilles tendinitis, which he had been dealing with since April 7.

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Beckham to miss entire MLS season

England midfielder David Beckham says he won't be able to play again until November, meaning he'll miss the entire MLS season for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
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Achilles injury may end Colon's season

Starting offensive tackle Willie Colon suffered a torn Achilles, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Colon will have more tests to confirm the injury on Tuesday, but the Steelers believe Colon needs surgery and five to six months of rehab, the source said.
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Olympic champion been out of action for two weeks

Usain Bolt, the triple Olympic champion, will return to full training on Monday after two weeks away from the track because of a sore achilles tendon.
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