Periscope Application lets Physicians Stream Surgeries Live

July 21, 2015
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Dr. Timothy Miller, an orthopedic surgeon at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, is one of a number of physicians who are implanting Periscope, a live video-streaming app that allows doctors to stream surgeries. Dr. Miller has recently used Periscope to “scope” the surgical repair of a torn Achilles’ tendon to not only test the application but educate those watching. “This is an opportunity for medical education to go beyond the classroom,” said Miller, who believes that even the most experienced of physicians can learn more by watching live surgeries on their days off.  

Achilles tendon injuries are painful and may make it difficult to walk. If you have any concerns with your feet contact Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation

- Dull to Severe Pain

- Increased blood flow to the tendon

- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot

- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise

- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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