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famous phrase “Achilles’ heel” is associated, meaning one’s weak spot. 1 , 2 The Achilles tendon serves to attach the plantaris, gastrocnemius, and soleus muscles to the calcaneus (heel bone), is surrounded by a bursa on each side, and enables flexion of

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Expression of ColX in the enthesis of the rat Achilles tendon has been described as being produced by cells in transitional zones between calcified and non-calcified tissue (the interface between articular cartilage and subchondral bone). 20 Similarly, ColX

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findings supported the hypothesis that strain on the calcaneal tendon persists after tarsal joint immobilization as a result of the effects of isometric muscle contraction during weight bearing. The tendons that comprise the Achilles tendon in dogs are

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-loop sutures for the repair of canine Achilles tendons . Vet Surg . 2004 ; 33 ( 2 ): 131 – 137 . doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950x.2004.04020.x 15027974 7. Putterman AB , Duffy DJ , Kersh ME , Rahman H , Moore GE . Effect of a continuous

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, TNF-α–licensed MSCs in a seeded scaffold implanted into a murine Achilles tendon defect significantly reduced the number of M1 macrophages at 2 weeks, enhanced levels of M2 macrophages, and contributed to higher levels of type I procollagen and higher

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, 2003 ; 21 – 28 . 3. Kramer M Gerwing M Michele U , et al . Ultrasonographic examination of injuries to the Achilles tendon in dogs and cats . J Small Anim Pract 2001 ; 42 : 531 – 535 . 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2001.tb06022.x

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polypropylene mesh, modified three-loop pulley suture pattern, and a combination for repair of distal canine Achilles tendon injuries . Vet Surg 2009 ; 38 : 845 – 851 . 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2009.00598.x 9. Strickland JW . Development of flexor tendon

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connection with this study or the writing or publication of the manuscript. The authors declare that there were no conflicts of interest. References 1. King M , Jerram R . Achilles tendon rupture in dogs . Compend Contin Educ Pract Vet

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-loop pulley suture pattern, and a combination for repair of distal canine Achilles' tendon injuries . Vet Surg 2009 ; 38 : 845 – 851 . 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2009.00598.x 11. Zellner EM Hale MJ Kraus KH . Application of tendon plating to manage

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, Pluhar G . Outcome following surgical repair of Achilles tendon rupture and comparison between post-operative immobilization methods in dogs . Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol VCOT . 2006 ; 19 : 246 – 249 . 9. Moores AP , Owen MR , Tarlton JF

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