A 40 year old patient underwent tendoscopy of his right Achilles tendon for long lasting midportion Achilles tendinopathy. The arrow points towards the plantaris tendon which is often fixed to the Achilles tendon by adhesion at the level of the Achilles tendon nodule. (picture 1)
Picture 2: Achilles tendoscopy showing the plantaris tendon located medially of the Achilles tendon (*). The arrows indicate the most proximal site of adhesion between plantaris tendon and Achilles tendon.
Picture 3: Picture showing how the plantaris tendon (highlighted) is cut by means of a punch. The Achilles tendon is located lateral (*).
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