AAOS Now, July 2016
Orthopaedic Surgeons Press Congress for Action
More than 400 orthopaedic surgeons from around the country attended the 2016 National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC), May 4–7, in Washington, D.C. The NOLC, which is open to members of the Board of Specialty Societies (BOS), Board of Councilors (BOC), AAOS Board of Directors, and Leadership Fellowship Program, as well as other invited guests, serves multiple purposes.
Face Off: Surgical Versus Nonsurgical Treatment of Acute Achilles Tendon Ruptures
The Achilles tendon (AT) is the most commonly ruptured tendon in the human body. The incidence of AT ruptures has increased in recent decades, with the number of reported ruptures per 100,000 people in North America now ranging from 5.5 to 9.9. Most acute AT ruptures occur as a result of trauma or athletic activity. Other described mechanisms include unexpected dorsiflexion, push-off with the knee in extension and forced dorsiflexion of a plantarflexed foot.