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  Achilles tendonitis



Achilles tendonitis

    Inflammation of the achilles tendon - causing swelling and tenderness at the lower end of the calf to the heel.

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Inflammation
A reaction to an injury to the body - by infection, chemicals or physical agents. The symptoms can be - depending on the location of the injury- redness, swelling, heat and pain. The purpose of the inflammation is to dilute and destroy the agent causing the inflammation. To do this, the immune system starts a cascade of actions that causes active cells to gather at the affected location. It is these cells and fluids that cause the redness, swelling, heat and pain.

Achilles
In Greek mythology, the hero who was thought to have some special medical knowledge. Achilles studied medicine with Chiron, the centaur, who invented it.

Tendon
Band of fibrous tissue by which muscle is attached to bone.

Calf
The belly or fleshy hind part of the leg below the knee.



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Educational attainment or level of education of individuals.

Achilles
In Greek mythology, the hero who was thought to have some special medical knowledge. Achilles studied medicine with Chiron, the centaur, who invented it.

Achilles tendon
A tough sinew that attaches the calf muscle to the back of the heel bone. The Achilles tendon is one of the longest tendons in the body. It is also called the tendo Achilles or the tendo calcaneus, the calcaneus being the heel bone.

Achillobursitis
Pain due to inflammation of the bursa associated with the Achilles tendon. .

Achillodynia
Pain due to inflammation of the Achilles tendon or the bursa associated with it.

Achinsk doctors
All doctors near Achinsk, Russia. Doctors who can assist a patient in Achinsk.



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