Probefix dynamic used in research into Achilles tendinopathy
ProbeFix Dynamic, a GE HealthCare ultrasound system and a miniature pressure sensor were used in a recently published study by Lauren Pringels et al (Ghent University Hospital), to analyse the impact of tendon torsion of the Achilles tendon on the amount of internal compression during exercise.
Achilles tendinopathy is a frequent injury among athletes characterised by tendon thickening, pain and dysfunction. Torsion of the three sub-tendons of the Achilles tendon may theoretically cause internal compression during loading and is therefore considered a potential cause of Achilles tendinopathy in case of overuse.
In this exciting research study, it was found that Achilles tendons with moderate torsion experience more internal compression during stretching and eccentric heel drops than tendons with less torsion. This new finding therefore suggests that Achilles tendons with more torsion may be more prone to develop Achilles tendinopathy.
Full paper link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/sms.14467