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A tendon or sinew is a tough band of fibrous connective tissue, attached on one end to a muscle and on the other to a bone. They are similar to ligaments except that ligaments join one bone to another.


Due to their poor blood supply, tendons and ligaments are very slow to heal if injured, and never regain their original strength. This is why dislocations are more likely to occur at joints that have been dislocated in the past.


The Achilles tendon is a particularly large tendon connecting the heel to the muscles of the calf. It is so named because the mythic hero Achilles was killed due to an injury at this spot.


Tendon is also the name of a commune in the Vosges département in France.


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Tendon definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of popular medical terms easily defined on MedTerms (268 words)
When a tendon becomes inflamed, the condition is referred to as tendinitis or tendonitis.
Despite their tough fibrous nature, tendons and ligaments are both considered "soft tissue," that is soft as compared to cartilage or bone.
The Achilles tendon is a celebrated example of a tendon.
Peroneal Tendon Injuries - FootPhysicians.com (780 words)
Tendonitis is an inflammation of one or both tendons.
The inflammation is caused by activities involving repetitive use of the tendon, overuse of the tendon or trauma (such as an ankle sprain).
In some cases, surgery may be needed to repair the tendon or tendons and perhaps the supporting structures of the foot.
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