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Summer Scourges (The Injury Bug): A Photo Essay

Summer Scourges (The Injury Bug): A Photo Essay

Achilles tendon injuries are common in persons who participate in a variety of summer sports activities, including running, baseball, softball, tennis, volleyball, and badminton. The Achilles tendon ruptures about 2.5 to 3 inches above its insertion into the calcaneus (marked). This, the "watershed area" of the tendon, has a tenuous blood supply, which makes it susceptible to rupture.

Image courtesy of John G. Aronen, MD and James G. Garrick, MD.

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