Achilles tendon ossification

Dr Varun Babu and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

Achilles tendon ossification (ATO) is an uncommon condition that consists of characteristic bone formation within the substance of the Achilles tendon

Achilles tendon ossification is more common in males 4

The aetiology is unknown but Achilles tendon ossification is seen both with previous macrotrauma of the tendon (e.g Achilles tendon rupture, previous surgery) as well as repetitive microtrauma 1. There may be a familial or genetic component 3

It is somewhat more common than dystrophic calcification of the Achilles tendon and may represent a separate entity rather than progression.

It is characterised by mature bone in all of its components (i.e. cortex, trabeculae, and marrow) and can occur within the body of the tendon or at its calcaneal insertion.

An ossified Achilles tendon may fracture.

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rID: 5589
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Ossification of Achilles tendon
  • Calcaneal tendon ossification
  • Ossification of the Achilles tendon

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