Ultrasound Imaging to Assess Age-Related Achilles Tendon Changes in Runners

Thank you for your interest in ongoing studies on Achilles tendon function being conducted by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. The purpose of this research is to better understand changes in the Achilles’ tendon due to age and running. Since you are healthy with no Achilles tendon injury, we hope you will consider participating in this study.

In these studies, researchers will use an advanced ultrasound technique known as shear wave elastography to acquire information about the quality of your Achilles tendons. The purpose of these studies is to: 1) determine the reliability of shear wave elastography measurements in the Achilles tendon, and 2) investigate the effect of running on the mechanical properties of the Achilles tendon, which may help researchers and clinicians better understand the development of tendon injuries in this population.

If you choose to participate in one of the these studies, you will make up to two visits to the Henry Ford Motion Analysis Laboratory, which is located in Midtown Detroit at the Wayne State University Integrative Biosciences Center (6135 Woodward Ave, see directions below).

To participate in study 1, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Free from any lower extremity musculoskeletal injury, including Achilles tendon injury for the past 3 months.

To participate in study 2, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between ages 18-30 years old OR ages 50-60 years old

  • Run at least 10 miles per week

  • Free from any lower extremity musculoskeletal injury, including Achilles tendon injury for the past 3 months

Participation in these studies will require up to 2 research sessions of 2 hours each and you will be compensated $10 per visit for involvement.

For more information and to schedule a time to come in, please contact Matthew Ruder (Senior Research Engineer) at mruder1@hfhs.org.

Directions To Our Laboratory

Our laboratory is located in the Wayne State University Integrative Biosciences (IBio) Center.  The address is 6135 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202 (see map below). 

The IBio Center is a 3-story building that encompasses the entire city block bordered by Amsterdam, Burroughs, Cass, and Woodward (map below).  Secure, free parking is available for you in a gated lot on the south side of the building, accessible from Burroughs Street.  Upon arrival, press the intercom button at the gate.  Security will be expecting you and will open the gate.  Once you have parked, the main entrance to the building is located on the Woodward Avenue side of the building.