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Dear MendMeShop,

I began to have acute tendinitis in my ankle just before Thanksgiving of 2012, and I was told that it might last for 6 months. On line, I found a product from the Mend Me Shop that I thought might be helpful for my condition. I did not have any swelling, so I thought that heat would aide in healing the tendonitis. I ordered the Inferno Wrap. From the time I got it...probably after having the condition for two months with no end in sight for the severe tendonitis, I began to use the Inferno Wrap four times a day. By the end of February, my tendonitis subsided, and I was able to walk my daughter down the aisle for her wedding in March. I had been told I could have a cast or a boot to ease the pain; however, I knew that I didn't want to walk down the aisle in a cast or a boot. After the treatments with the Inferno Wrap, I had no problems with pain. I give Mend Me Shop and the Inferno Wrap credit for ending my pain, so that I was able to walk my daughter down the aisle on March 23

Rating: Five Star Rating

Sue Wood

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

Thank you for your professionalism I also appreciate your knowledge of your products and the links to the other sites.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Lori Stillerman

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

I learned about your product from surfing the net looking for natural ways to heal tendon injuries. What I read on your site made sense to me. Your explanation of soft tissue injury healing, plus your money back guarantee led to my purchase of your products. I am very happy with both of the items I bought from your company! The pain in my elbow, which was a constant shooting pain, is gone! I am still using the Elbow inferno 2x/day. Thank-you so much for offering this kind of a product. With your company's help I succeeded in mending at home and am back to my work out routine as before.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Paolo LAUDADIO

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

Two years ago, after returning to the gym for the first time in over a decade, I developed intense lower back pain which radiated into my left hip and leg. I also developed snapping hip syndrome. After many expensive visits to a chiropractor and physical therapist, I gained some relief, but still experienced constant low level pain in the injured areas with episodes of intense debilitating pain which interfered with my sleep and work. After searching online for alternative and cost effective self treatment methods, I discovered your website and purchased your Back/Hip Inferno Wrap and Back/Hip Freezie Wrap. Within a short period of time of using these products, I noticed a huge reduction in pain. Two months later, the pain is barely noticeable, the snapping hip syndrome is an unpleasant memory and I feel that significant long term healing of chronic injuries is taking place. I absolutely LOVE your products, and enthusiastically recommend them to everyone I meet who is experiencing similar pain issues. Kudos to Paul and everyone in your customer service department which is beyond compare in terms of knowledge, promptness and genuine concern for your customers!

Rating: Five Star Rating

Stephen Williams

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

I have been using the Leg/Arm Inferno Wrap for almost a week now and cannot believe how much the tendonitis in my arm has improved. It's a great product.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Ginny Shurtliff

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

Hello April, thank you for your follow up email. I recently purchased the inferno wrap July 5th 2012 and I am using it diligently, I have seen positive results already in just a few weeks. I no longer need to walk with a cane. I would like to thank MendMeShop ever so much for giving back me my life. I will continue to use the inferno wrap and I have spread the good word to all my friends on how MendMeShop product has helped me. Thank you again, Olga

Rating: Five Star Rating

Olga Cesario

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

Hi Paul. I thank you for your personal follow up. I have bought several of your products and I will tell you right now the Inferno Wraps are the BEST. I was in a walking boot last December for what was diagnosed as moderately severe tendonosis. Surgery was recommended. Instead I gave it time and started using the Freezie Wrap and the Inferno Wrap. After consistent and continued use of the Inferno Wrap I am 100% good to go! Your products are the best! Walker S

Rating: Five Star Rating

Walker S

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

Dear "Aid My Tendon", I am so happy I found your company when I did an "achilles tendon" search on the internet. The kit has been a Godsend and I can use it in my own home and when it is convenient for me. So far it has given me amazing results. When it starts to flare up again (usually because I have worn the "wrong" shoes) I just go to work on it with the Inferno Wrap. Thanks for making these products available to the public. Yours truly, Glenna

Rating: Five Star Rating

Glenna Keoskie

 


More Facts About Achilles Tendonitis:

The Achilles tendon does not have a rich blood supply. Blood supply is weakest at a point between 2 and 6 cm above its insertion into the calcaneus (heel bone).


Ignoring pain in the Achilles tendon (ie. "running through the pain") is the biggest cause of chronic Achilles tendonitis.


For cyclists, initial Achilles tendon stress is often caused by having a low saddle height. This low saddle height can result in excessive dorsiflexion of the foot, which stresses the Achilles tendon.


The Achilles tendon is the connection between the heel and the most powerful muscle group in the body.


Tennis and soccer players over 40 are the most frequent sufferers of tennis leg (calf muscle strain).


Sudden increases in running and or active sprinting sports can cause Achilles tendonitis.


Excessive running up and down hills can aggravate the Achilles tendon.


Stiff shoe soles at the ball of the foot will increase Achilles tendon strain.


Excessive heel shock absorption can overstretch the Achilles tendon.


Tight hamstrings and/or tight calf muscles create excess strain on the Achilles tendon.


For triatheletes, the most common cause of injuries to the Achilles tendon is overpronation, inflexibility, or lack of strength.


Immobility, due to an Achilles injury, may result in a contracted Achilles tendon and an increased amount of scar tissue.

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

I sustained a re-injury to the lateral right knee in a hiking incident on a wet path. Initially, I treated with anti-inflammatory medication, ice, elevation and knee brace. This injury was very similar to the previous knee injury, so I thought my knee would heal without seeking orthopedic evaluation. I started using a heating pad with a massage feature to relieve pain and found that the heat helped tremendously, but did not radiate deep enough into my knee. Since I am a Certified Rehabilitation RN, I started researching the Internet looking for a product that would provide radiant heat. I was happy to discover your Inferno Knee Wrap. I have been using it several times a day for several weeks and I am now pain free and functionally able to resume all activities. I still continue using the Inferno Knee Wrap on a daily basis in hopes that I can prevent another knee injury. Thank you for such a wonderful product.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Ann Block

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

I ordered an Achilles/Ankle “Inferno Wrap” and a Back/Hip “Inferno Wrap” which arrived within 48 HOURS. These wonderful products produced remarkable results from their very first application! Day One: Initial Treatment @ 9:00 AM on the Low Setting for 20 minutes Second Treatment (same day) @ 12:00 NOON for 20 minutes Third Treatment (same day) @ 3:00 PM for 20 minutes Fourth Treatment (same day) @ BEDTIME for 20 minutes “Rinse & Repeat” every day now… My range of movement and the reduction of discomfort in my Achilles Tendons improved by at least 90% IMMEDIATELY. As for my chronic lower-back trouble that is the long-term result of a “minor exercising mishap” 45 years ago, which randomly flares up on a regular basis.. I am now enjoying Instant Relief thanks to the application of my Back Inferno Wrap whenever I experience any episode of neuro-muscular discomfort !!! I’ll keep you posted as time goes by, but I wanted to say right away, “THANK YOU so much for everything”!

Rating: Five Star Rating

Candi Campbell

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

Hi Paul. I thank you for your personal follow up. I have bought several of your products and I will tell you right now the Inferno Wraps are the BEST. I was in a walking boot last December for what was diagnosed as moderately severe tendonosis. Surgery was recommended. Instead I gave it time and started using the Freezie Wrap and the Inferno Wrap. After consistent and continued use of the Inferno Wrap I am 100% good to go! Your products are the best! Walker S

Rating: Five Star Rating

Walker S

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

I'm regularly using both Leg and Plantar Inferno Wraps now and I'm already seeing extreme/good results. Basically I'm doing lots of running now and enjoy competing 5k's & 10k's. Hopefully full marathon soon and to achieve better results I need to train hard; consequences [of this] are typical running injuries. Obviously I'm treating my Plantar Fascia [with the Plantar Inferno Wrap], and using the Leg Inferno Wrap I'm treating my calf and hamstring. Both Inferno Wraps I should say are user friendly / easy to use except you need to be near electrical outlet to operate this gadget. I should say this equipment is a big help to the runners world.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Romeo Aggabao

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

I purchased the Inferno wrap and Freezie wrap to treat a chronic Achilles tendonosis (MICROSCOPIC TEARS OF THE TENDON AT THE INSERTION). During the later part of 2008 I was experiencing a lot of tight muscle and tendons and usually working out (running) tired and not properly warmed up and limber. I started the new year with good intention and determined to work on stretching that included following a home yoga program. I am familiar with yoga but admit that I was too aggressive with the stretching that comes from the 'downward dog' position. I believe this aggravated an already existing condition in the Achilles insertion area, this combined with the stress of a late January 5KM road race caused enough pain in the Achilles tendon to force me to discontinue running. I sought medical attention from my family physician who referred me to physiotherapy. Through the early stage of therapy I continued to do regular bike workouts. Unfortunately the pain increased to the point that I had to stop both running and cycling. I attended physiotherapy for just over two months going once a week receiving massage to the injured area, ultrasound, cortisone by patch and ice. I was religious in following the gentle stretching and strengthening routine at home between physio visits. After these two months with little improvement they released me with the instruction to continue with the stretching, strength exercises and ice. I was still in pain and could not run or cycle without causing further damage, walking was painful. I search for other solutions and found the information on the MendMeShop web site. Although skeptical, I purchased the wraps out of desperation, received the product, read all the literature for use and started into a daily routine. Within 7 days I started to experience a reduction in the constant pain. Within 9 days I was walking without a constant reminder of the injury. I tried doing a ride and although the short 13 mile ride was enjoyable I started to feel the injury flair up again. The injury is not completely healed but the progress I am experiencing gives me hope that with a continued discipline of home treatment using the products, gentle stretching and the use of wearing a brace on my foot while sleeping to prevent the tendon from retracting, will in time bring about the full healthy healing of the injured area. I have found that you really have to be in tune with what you are feeling during the gentle stretching and often back off the stretch so as not to cause repetitive injury to the already weakened area of the Achilles insertion.

Rating: Five Star Rating

John Carey

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

I used the Inferno wrap diligently for weeks and my knee felt much better. (I did find out I have a torn meniscus as well as an edema on my right knee). Of course, the doctor recommended surgery, which I am trying to avoid. I was feeling much better and went back to line dancing with some pain, but kept going. I now think I went back too soon and I was feeling like I may have injured it further, so I was using the Inferno wrap 4 times a day again. I feel I should have kept on using the wrap more often and not been in such a hurry to get back to dancing. I am totally sold on the Inferno wrap. I purchased one for my achilles heel problem and it has helped it also. I am one satisfied customer.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Norma Cooper

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

I purchased the Inferno and Freezie because on August 28th my life changed, I was in Florida at the beach taking my last skimboarding run when I heard the dreaded pop and hit from behind. I had in fact after an MRI 2 weeks later ruptured my Achilles Tendon 100%. I was devastated...being 50, an athlete, former track record holder, my life came to a complete standstill. I found your site from an Achilles site with Blogs and I am very grateful. My current condition is nothing short of a miracle. I had surgery two and half weeks ago , surgery was open to repair tendon and was one hour 20 minutes. I was placed in a hard cast with toes down for 1 week, I observed all rules and used crutches 100%. After 1 week cast was removed then I was back in my air cast, I could put absolutely no pressure whatsoever on the repaired leg for 4 days. I received your products and immediately used them. The inferno wrap and freezie are my favorites, I just drove home 200 miles with the inferno wrap on via a 12 volt inverter. Last Saturday night I went out in a flip flop with the injured foot to just get used to having some weight on it. This past week i experimented with different shoes and sneakers and when I attended my second PT session all the swelling and bruising was gone and I had great side to side motion still working on stretching the achilles. Yesterday I drove with sneakers on and walked 1.5 miles on my sons college campus with no crutch, can, etc. Today I wore docksiders and drove home another 200 miles, I am now laying in bed with the Inferno on my left foot which has the intact achilles but it is sore due to disruption of weight from injury, at the same time I have the Freezie on my repaired leg. After reading all the stories on the internet and talking with people as well as knowing of the seriousness of this injury, I believe your products have played a key role to getting me back on my feet and my life headed back to normal 1000 times faster than the average achilles rupture patient. Thank You so much for great products and superior service as well as unprecedented guarantee. I will let you know when I am walking normal without any limp

Rating: Five Star Rating

D Hunziker

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

Dear Paul, I wanted to e-mail you and let you know how things are going. In your last e-mail to me you made a very profound statement that I had never heard before. I have been to several doctors over the past 10 years and not any one of them ever told me that snapping hip syndrome was a manifestation of short leg syndrome. I truly think that many of my problems are layers that have had to have been slowly peeled away to find out what the problem is that is causing each and every one of them. I thought about the statement that you made and I applied it. Several years back I had a chiropractor tell me that I had short leg syndrome and that I had fallen arches in my right foot and leg. He ordered me an orthotic and a lift to make up the difference. My foot hurt all the time and my right hip hurt all the time and so I stoppd wearing them. A few years later I discovered that I had a bad right ovary. Once I had a doctor that agreed that it was bad and removed it and all that pain went away I was left with my right foot hurting. I found arch supports that made that better but then I had the bursitus and snapping hip syndrome symptoms. No Doctor knew what to do for me and basically tried to give me pain medication to cover it up. I don't want to cover anything up. I want to find the root of the problem and treat it. So, I got to thinking about your statement. (I know it seems like I am going around this same tree, but I will get there) My thought was that because of the pain I was suffering from my ovary, maybe with that all gone I should try the lifts again and see what happens. I am telling you...that one little statement you made took care of my bursitis and my snapping hip syndrome. I am no longer suffering from any of that. I am sleeping well at night. Thank you for your statement. You just don't know how much that has meant to me. You don't know me, you have never met me but you literally saved the quality of my life. It took me a few days after I read your e-mail to put two and two together so to speak but it was worth trying again. Thank you so much.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Vickie Wilkins

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

I have to admit, I fully expected to be returning my order. (inferno wrap, freezie wrap) I told my wife "this is a lot of money and if doesn't work I'm sending it back", "I've got 60 days". Well after about 9 days of (2) treatments per day my severe case of Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is almost pain free. I tried wearing the over the counter tendon support brace with absolutely no results. My elbow pain was so bad I couldn't sleep at night and just knew I was going to have to see a doctor. Then I found your website. I was very impressed with the quality of your wraps, very thick and made form high quality materials. I guess the old adage "you get what you pay for" speaks volumes here. I'm completely sold on your products and won't be returning anything!!! Thank you for helping heal my tennis elbow and I've already told many of my friends about your web site. 100% satisfied Cameron Caldwell from Meriden, KS.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Cameron Caldwell

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

I have been doing very good with your (Back and Ankle) products. Have not had to use the cold much anymore, just the inferno wrap and I can tell I am starting to improve with the device. I did talk with someone a few weeks ago and she gave some usage recommendations. So all in all, your products and personal attention are great.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Dr. Richard

 

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Ice vs Heat for Treating Your
Achilles Tendon Injury


Use ice and heat to deal with your Achilles tendonitis.

When dealing with an Achilles tendon injury it's hard to know what treatment will work best for you. You might be wondering if ice and heat will work for you. Or maybe even which will work better - ice OR heat.

Icing and heating are 2 of the most natural treatment options available. Compared to medications, surgery and other treatment methods - icing and heating have been around for centuries and have always been used for ankle injury healing as a means to soothe and heal.

We understand that it can get pretty confusing to figure out what conservative treatment method will work best with all of the treatment options available to you today. To get started, you should think about the benefits you'll get from using these therapies.

What's Better to Treat Your Achilles: Ice or Heat?

Ice and heat are the best treatment combination for you if:

What's better for your achilles tendon injury? Ice or heat?
  • You're looking to heal quickly and want to boost the natural power of pain relief and healing in your body.
  • You don't want to repeatedly pay the cost (both from your wallet and time needed for long-term healing) of injections, medications, hospital visits or surgery.
  • You want to prevent any future injury, pain, sprain, pull, or tear in your Achilles tendon.
  • You want to control your own treatment and healing at home, on your own time.
  • You're looking for a tried, tested, and true method of healing that's been used for centuries and has worked for countless other achilles pain sufferers.

How to Use Superior Temperature Treatments to Heal & Relieve Pain from Your Torn Achilles Tendon!

 

Use BFST with an Inferno Wrap to increase blood flow circulation in your Achilles tendon.

Combining cold and warmth is a simple yet effective way to get immediate pain relief and promote long-term healing. In your lifetime you've probably had your mom, family doctor, nurse, surgeon or physical therapist tell you to use ice right after you're injured and something warm from time to time once the swelling's gone down. It's a simple yet very effective way to relieve pain and promote healing in your Achilles.

Achilles tendon injuries can happen to anyone, right now there are thousands of doctors and physical therapists dealing with patients that require a solution to treat their ankle injury fast and heal it (where possible).

If you want to be proactive about properly dealing with your Achilles tendonitis, speak to your doctor about adding conservative temperature treatments to your recovery with AidMyAchilles's system using a Cold Compression Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy with an Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap®.


The AidMyAchilles at-home temperature therapy healing system gives you:

  • Products that are approved by the FDA for use in the hospital or at home.
  • A Cold compression Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® that relieves pain, inflammation and swelling fast with consistent cold temperatures that WON'T reach temperatures so low that it causes cryoburn (like ice or blue gel packs full of anti-freeze and chemicals).
  • Boost healing efforts with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy for increased circulation.
  • Food-grade, non-toxic gel packs that can be chilled in the fridge or freezer.
  • An Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap® with deeply penetrating Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy right into your achilles tendon tissue where you need treatment most (unlike other methods that just heat your skin - like hot water bottles, hot baths, etc.)
  • Medical-grade, soft, plush, neoprene wraps that meet ISO 10993 biocompatibility testing - providing the safest product for cold compression and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy treatment.
  • A Treatment Formula used by physical therapists and doctors - with an Inferno Wrap® used to increase blood flow circulation before activity and a Freezie Wrap® used to relieve pain / swelling after activity.


These tools will help you achieve long-term healing results and prevent re-injury.



Not Sure How to Use Ice and Heat to Treat Your Achilles?

We Have Answers that can Help...

The goal of this webpage is to give people the information they need to use simple, effective, natural treatments like ice and heat to heal their injury.

We're available to take your call 7 days a week - Monday to Friday between 8:00am and 9:00pm (EST) plus Saturday & Sunday between 11:00am and 6:00pm (EST).

We can give you the information you need to understand how to use temperature therapy (at home) to relieve your pain and heal your Achilles tendon injury. If you want to discuss options with one of our trained AidMyAchilles Advisers call our office toll-free at 1-866-237-9608 or Internationally at +1-705-445-3505.

There is no cost or obligation to this service.


We all want to begin healing as quickly as possible and with the right information, it can happen sooner than you think (it has for thousands of others who took the time to contact us).

You can be assured we will do our best to answer any question or concern you have. Living with ankle pain is never easy and we can help to provide answers about prevention, causes, treatment options, and ways to manage your injury for the short and long term.

All it takes is one call - 1-866-237-9608

 



Which is Better for Treating Your Achilles Tendon: Ice or Heat?


Is heat better for treating a sprained Achilles tendon?

People get confused with how ice and heat work to relieve pain and heal. They also get confused with which temperature treatment is better for their injury and how to get the right amount of "ice" or "heat" for effective treatment.

When it comes to using ice and heat for treating achilles tendon injuries, it's important to keep in mind that both ice AND heat are very effective ways to relieve pain and heal. Most people will think one is better over the other from their own experience or what a doctor / physical therapist has previously told them.

The only difference between using ice and heat is that 1 is better for you at a specific time in your healing cycle. Ice is used first, right when you get your injury, to decrease pain / swelling and inflammation. Heat comes later, to increase blood flow circulation and stimulate the body's healing response.

Is ice better for treating Achilles tendon pain?

So which is better?

They'll ultimately work for you in the same way. Each temperature has its own unique benefits for your achilles tendon, and when used togther they provide a powerful advantage to long-term healing. You may already know that ice or heat feels better on your Achilles, and this could influence your decision too.

The bottom line is that ice and heat are exceptional, natural, pain relievers and healers for your tendon injury.

There are cases where some Achilles tendonitis will respond better to 1 temperature over the other. We want to help clear up the confusion so you know which is better (icy cold or gentle heat) and how to get the most from your treatment at home.



How Do You Use Ice / Cold as Pain Relief for Your Achilles Tendon Injury?


Cold should be used for new injuries or right after re-injury.

COLD (ice) is used to treat injuries or conditions that are red, hot, inflamed, swollen and suffering from tissue damage (a tear or recovering from surgery). Cold therapy is a natural / organic pain reliever that numbs pain right at the source of your injury. While doing this the cold also stops cellular break-down and reduces the amount of scar tissue forming (this is very important after surgery).


Cold can Make Your Achilles Injury Worse - How?

Applying cold can restrict blood flow and stiffen / tighten soft tissue. Cold is NOT a good treatment method for your ankle when the tissue is already tight and constricted, because the cold will just stiffen the tissue further.

If you feel you have contricted or tight tissue, you should use a therapy that will increase blood flow instead - like Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®). Increasing blood flow at this time will help to relieve any tightness or stiffness. BFST® used at this time will also help to relax / elongate your tissue making it much more pliable for activity.

 


When Should You Use Cold to Treat Your Achilles Pain?

Cold compression works best to relieve pain, swelling and inflammation for new injuries, re-injury and during immediate post surgery recovery. Cold therapy should also be used during the first 24 - 72 hours of treatment, combined with resting your injury.

Cold should be used for new injuries or right after re-injury.

If you've been suffering for some time with a chronic achilles tendon injury you should only use cold after activity causes you more pain or triggers more inflammatory response symptoms (red, hot, inflamed, swollen). This would be when your Achilles and ankle start to hurt at the end of the day after you've been on your feet, active in athletics, or performing any other tasks that has put a lot of weight or stress on your achilles tendon. When used at this time cold compression becomes a natural / organic pain reliever, treating the site where you feel the pain.

Sometimes we feel pain while doing a certain activity - should you still use cold? Too much cold therapy can reduce your ability to heal correctly, because cold is a short term pain reliever not a deep tissue healer.

We put milk in the fridge so it will stay fresh longer. We do this so it will stay in the same condition as when we bought it. Your injury is no different. Too much cold will keep your injury in the same state - slowing down the healing process. This can sometimes make chronic injuries linger even longer. Heat (Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy) should be used when you suffer from a chronic, tight or stiff Achilles injury and after you reduce swelling, pain and inflammation with cold.

Here are a couple of examples for when to use cold (ice):

Get consistent cold compression with one of our Freezie Wraps.
  • You have Achilles tendonitis that's been on-going for quite some time. You're having a "good day" (your injury is feeling fine) and decide to walk the dog a few extra blocks for a longer route. You realize afterwards that was a bad idea because the back of your ankle is throbbing and even more painful than the day before. You should use COLD on your achilles to stop additional tearing or damage in your tendon and help ease the pain.

  • You've suffered from a sprain in your achilles tendon before. Now you're trying to bring your vaccum cleaner up a set of stairs in your house to clean your bedroom. You forgot about your injury but realize it's there when you try carry, push or pull the vacuum up the stairs with you... Flexing and putting weight on your Achilles tendon just reminded you of the sprain, and now you feel a dull ache in the back of your ankle. You stop and ask someone else to bring the vacuum upstairs for you (you stopped the activity that will cause more tearing in your Achilles tendon). The pain was temporary and is now gone which means NO cold compression is needed. In this case heat (Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy) should be used to relieve the dull ache in your Achilles tendon and encourage healing of your damaged tissue.

It's crucial to use cold after any sort of activity causes you on-going pain.

 

When is Ice too Cold?
When are Blue Gel Packs not Cold Enough?

using cold for pain relief

Ice is frozen water. That might sound like a silly statement - but water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit and becomes a solid. Using ice straight out of your freezer may drop the ice to a chilling 10.4 degrees Fahrenheit. If you put something that cold on your skin (below freezing) the extreme icy cold will start to damage your cells and may burn your skin (this is something called 'cryoburn').

Ice is also a solid, making the surface hard and rigid. When you're in pain, placing a rock hard block of ice onto a painful area causes a totally uncomfortable feeling. Sometimes you'll have to hold your ankle in weird angles in order to get the ice in the exact right place where you need the cold most.

Ice is freezing cold when it hits your skin, this is too cold for effective cold compression therapy.

Traditional blue gel packs contain dyes and anti-freeze (a very harsh toxic chemical). With so many chemicals it's impossible for these packs to freeze at all. They only cool down a little instead of getting to cold enough temperatures for effective treatment. Without the ability to freeze how is the temperature going to provide you with the cold your need to help you? After you pull it out of the freezer is it going to actually stay cold as long as you need it? Is it safe? Liquid gel will pool away from your injury in the bottom of the bag when you put pressure on your achilles tendon - not providing you with cold coverage where you need it most.

using cold for pain relief

The problem is, up until now there hasn't been another option to treat Achilles tendon injuries, so ice and traditional ice packs have been the only choice. Fortunately, you no longer have to settle for these ice cold methods that are uncomfortably cold against your skin, provide short term relief, cause ice burns, and numb your skin and underlying tissue beyond feeling so you don't even notice the ice burn until it's too late.

We've designed a cold compression wrap that gets you the cold you need, holding the cold in place over your ankle and reaching cold enough temperatures for effective treatment without running the risk of burning your skin (cryoburn).


What Makes the Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® Different?
Get consistent cold compression with our Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap.

This is where the Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® stands apart. Our gel packs are made with a food-grade PVC shell, food-grade non-toxic gel, there are no dyes or chemicals and they're FDA approved medical devices.

The coolest part about the Freezie Wrap® is the patented gel formulation that allows millions of tiny snowflakes to form inside the gel when chilled. This network of cold snowflakes in the gel gives you 3 times more cold therapy than any other traditional blue gel pack available on the market today.

Every Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® comes with 3 very large packs of gel that weigh about 1.5 lbs each to fit inside the soft neoprene shell. That's truly stunning when compared to most other wraps on the market that weigh in at only about 1lb or less... including the wrap!


Effective Cold Compression Therapy slows nerve and cell function - reducing swelling that blocks blood vessels from doing their job.

 

Get consistent cold compression with our Freezie Wraps.

This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through the tissue and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells don't get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your achilles tendon, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal ankle injuries faster and with less pain!


Effective Cold Compression Therapy = the Freezie Wrap®

 

It'll seem weird for you to read this, but there are a LOT of people out there that don't understand how fast cold compression with an Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® can get the swelling & inflammation in your Achilles tendon under control! After you get rid of the swelling for good you can start dealing with your achilles injury and on-going pain head on.


Use a Cold Compression Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap®:

  • 24 to 72 hours after your initial achilles tendon injury or when you first notice pain and swelling to stop cellular damage, relieve pain, and decrease swelling.
  • After exercise, workouts or activity of any kind to prevent re-injury.
  • Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to control pre and post-surgery pain and swelling.
  • Anytime you feel your achilles tendon is tender, painful or you're having a flare-up of an achilles injury.
  • Anytime you have swelling, sharp throbbing pain or inflammation in your achilles tendon.
  • Any other situation where you need to draw the pain and inflammation out of your achilles.
 


Questions about using Cold to Treat Your Achilles Pain?

Call one of our AidMyAchilles Advisers at no cost or obligation to address any lingering questions you have about using cold for your ankle injury.

We're here 7 days a week to provide the information you need to heal as quickly as possible.

All it takes is one call - 1-866-237-9608

 



How Do You Use Heat / Warm Temperatures to Heal Your Achilles?


Heat should be used for older, chronic injuries or when your Achilles tendon feels stiff and strained.

HEAT (warmth) is used after you've reduced your swelling / inflammation and the sharp pain is less intense (you have more of a dull / nagging ache and soft tissue tightness in your Achilles tendon). Warming up your tissue is a natural way to encourage healing of your deep tissue. Increasing the temperature of your deep tissue will result in increased blood flow circulation. It's the blood in your body that will bring oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy to your injured ankle to help with healing.


Heat can Make Inflammation, Swelling and Newer Injuries Worse - How?

When we injure ourselves, we start healing right away. The body will naturally raise the temperature at the site of the injury resulting in the inflammatory response (redness, heat sensation, inflammation and swelling). This 'fake fever' leaks blood flow to the area to cool it down and start the healing process.

Adding 'heat' to your achilles tendon when it's already inflamed and tender may make your body think there's a new threat to your tissue and increase the pain in order to get you to stop. For some people applying heat on inflamed / swollen tissue will cause the injury to swell-up even more (as much as 3 times larger than normal). You'll feel even more pain as the pressure builds in your ankle.

Heat is NOT a good treatment method for inflamed achilles tendon injuries, new injuries (within the first 24 to 72 hours), right after surgery or right after a re-injury (over-use and/or sharp, throbbing pain). In these cases, heat should be applied later on in the healing cycle. In the meantime, cold compression with an Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® should be used to decrease any inflammation induced pain.

 

When Should You Use Heat to Heal Your Achilles Tendon?

Heat / warming temperature treatment works best to increase blood flow circulation and stimulate healing for older (chronic) injuries, re-injury (after swelling has been reduced) and during long-term post surgery recovery. Warmer temperatures should be used approximately 3 to 5 days after you first have the injury. Heat should not be started for a least 2 weeks after surgery because inflammation levels will be very high as the healing process starts over again. Any use of heat should also be combined with gradual movement to stretch out your achilles tendon and increase range of motion.

Increase blood flow in and around your Achilles tendon with an Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap.

If you have a chronic achilles tendon injury that keeps getting re-injured you should use heat before activity to loosen up your tissue (making it more flexible). When used at this time the warm temperatures naturally extend the elasticity (elastic-nature) of the soft tissue in your tendon, making it more movable / pliable for activity.

Sometimes we feel pain while doing a certain activity - should you still use heat? Using heat in the morning before you start your day or before activity can help to boost the healing process and reduce your risk of re-injury. Too much heat (especially when you suffer a set-back with swelling / inflammation) can make your inflammation worse. Cold compression with a Freezie Wrap® should be used part-way through your day when you suffer from on-going pain and inflammation as a natural pain-reliever.

Using heat is a good long-term plan because it will help to stimulate healing and can also be used on a preventive basis to relax constricted soft tissue. We use warm temperatures / heat to speed up the process of baking something in the oven or melting the snow outside, your injury is no different. Heat will speed up the natural healing rate in your achilles tendon by increasing your blood flow circulation. This in turn brings all the components your tissue needs to heal - oxygen, nutrients, anti-bodies and energy.

Here are a couple of examples for when to use warm temperatures (heat):

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  • You had achilles tendonitis 2 years ago but that injury has healed and you no longer feel pain everyday. You just went to a new fitness / aerobics class and notice your ankle and achilles feel stiff the day after your first class. There's no pain, inflammation or swelling, just stiffness / soreness where your old injury was. You should use HEAT (Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy) on your achilles before you work out to loosen up your tendon tissue. Heat can be used again the next day if you notice any residual stiffness. If the stiffness remains, you should continue to use heat to make sure your old achilles tendonitis injury doesn't get worse.

  • You occasionally feel sharp shooting pain up the back of your leg from your ankle. You're not sure if you have an injury, but the pain seems to come and go only when you're on your feet for an extended period of time or walking, jogging, jumping or running. When you feel the sharp pain, the pain will continue to build up and afterwards your ankle and leg feel weak or unstable. In this case cold compression with an Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® should be used as a natural pain-reliever. The cold compression will also decrease the amount of damage being done to your achilles tendon. Rest may also be needed by avoiding the activities that make your ankle pain worse.

Keep using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy before activity and when you notice any stiffness in your ankle to 'warm up' your tissue and stimulate healing.

 

When is Heat too Hot?
When are Other Heating methods not Hot Enough?
Hot water bottles are awkward to use and don't penetrate the heat deep enough for effective treatment.

Hot water bottles, hot baths / showers and other heating methods have been used to soothe sore joints and soft tissue forever. The problem with using traditional heating devices is that the low-level energy gets too hot for our skin but not hot enough for the deep tissue in our Achilles tendon.

Your skin is like your armor - it's a protective shield. This means the heat energy needs to pass through your protective shield to reach deep enough into the tissue to promote blood flow for healing. Turning up the heat with hot water bottles, hot baths or other heating methods that heat up the skin first means we're trying to push the energy inside by force. It's just like when you use your oven to bake a cake for 45 minutes. The heat energy starts cooking the cake on the outside to work it's way in. You have to stick a toothepick in the cake to know when the inside's done.

Applying therapy that heats your skin first will make your skin feel too hot before the heat even penetrates deep into your ankle.

Using heat when the energy is only pushing into the top layers of the skin won't give you deep tissue healing. In this case, the blood is actually rushing AWAY from your achilles to the surface of your skin. This makes you really FEEL the heat.

If you feel the heat is the therapy really helping you on deep tissue level? NO, feeling the heat means it's only warming your outter layers of skin - much like baking a cake. There's even a condition for overuse of a skin-level heat source called toasted skin syndrome, hot water bottle rash, fire stains, laptop thigh, or granny's tartan (reference: 1).


What Makes the Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap® Different?

This is where the Inferno Wrap® is a wholesome healer!

Instead of having the heat energy force itself into your body by heating up the skin first, the Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap® emits an electromagnetic energy that penetrates deep into your tissue creating the heat right down in your achilles tendon. This means that instead of using an oven to cook a cake from the outside in, you're using another method to cook the cake evenly from the inside out. After the timer's up you know your cake is fully-cooked without having to use a toothpick to check!

Increase your blood flow circulation with our BFST Inferno Wraps.

What exactly has changed the way heat therapy works? With modern medical advancements electromagnetic energy is used to generate deep tissue heat for healing with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®).

The best source of heat treatment is from a product where you don't even feel that much heat. When you don't feel the heat, it means the therapy is working in your deep soft tissue which is really where you need it. It's kind of like how your heart works in your body. You can't 'feel' your heart pumping blood all around your body to your arms and legs. You can't even hear your own heartbeat without listening very closely. This is exactly how deep tissue BFST® works too! You're not supposed to 'feel' a lot of heat because the heat isn't treating your skin, it's treating your injury, increasing the blood flow right in your soft tissue.

With regular use of the Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap®:

  • Your pain will be reduced.
  • Your damaged tissue will heal at an accelerated rate while reducing your risk of re-injury.
  • Your Achilles tendon will have a larger range of motion and increased extensibility of collagen tissue. (Chapter 9 of "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition. (amazon.com link Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin)
Get Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy with an Inferno Wrap.

Our Inferno Wraps® are made from medical-grade material - this should be as important to you as it is to us! Other products that are sold in stores are considered "consumer goods" meaning the material only needs to be as good as a sweater that you wear. Clothing articles like this don't need to meet high standards of production or materials and may include materials that irritate your skin.

Since our wraps are medical-grade products registered with the FDA, they are of a higher quality and need to meet way more standards for manufacturing (ISO 10993 - biocompatibility testing). This makes our wraps the safest product for heating treatment. Our manufacturer has spent years perfecting the wrap design to make sure you get the treatment you deserve!


Use a BFST® Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap®:

  • After swelling and inflammation have been reduced with cold compression.
  • Before exercise or workouts to warm up your achilles tendon & prevent re-injury.
  • Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to warm up your tissues before physical therapy exercising or stretching.
  • Anytime you feel your ankle has stiffened up, is tight and your mobility is reduced causing you more pain.
  • Anytime you have sore or aching tissue.
  • Any other situation where you need to increase blood flow to your injury to relax your tendon, prevent re-injury and enhance flexibility of your tissue.
 


Questions about using Heat to Heal Your Achilles?

Call one of our AidMyAchilles Advisers at no cost or obligation to address any lingering questions you have about using heat to stimulate healing in your ankle.

We're here 7 days a week to provide the information you need to heal as quickly as possible.

All it takes is one call - 1-866-237-9608

 




A Summary of How Ice & Heat Affect Your Blood Flow


Imagine you're standing in your living room at home. When the air in that room is at normal room temperature (ambient temperature), your body is in a comfortable state. Your heart rate and blood pressure are normal (or whatever 'normal' is for you').



Imagine the air has cooled down to freezing...

Applying cold constricts your blood vessels decreasing fluid retention and swelling in your ankle.

When the room becomes cooler your heart rate begins to slow down and your blood pressure increases. Your body does this automatically to retain heat in your body. At this time your soft tissue will also start to squeeze on and contract all of the veins in your body carrying blood flow. This also helps to decrease the amount of blood flowing throughout your circulatory system and retains the heat.

When cold is applied to an injured achilles tendon, all of the tendon tissue will squeeze on the veins to slow down your blood flow. This in turn clamps down on the amount of fluid leaking into your injured tissue, decreasing your swelling. This is why cold is used immediately to treat newer ankle injuries or re-injuries. The cold slows down your body to stop the amount of damage happening to your tissue and decrease your swelling. This cold also has a nice side benefit of numbing the nerves in and around your achilles thereby decreasing your pain.

In the medical world this is something called 'Vasoconstriction'.



Imagine the air has warmed up enough that you start sweating...

Applying heat expands your blood vessels increasing blood flow to your Achilles tendon injury.

When the room becomes warmer your heart rate speeds up and your blood pressure decreases. Your body is trying to increase your blood flow to cool down your body.

When heat is applied to your ankle, your veins will start to get bigger (expand) to allow more blood flow through to your damaged or torn soft tissue. This in turn relaxes your achilles tendon, making the tissue more flexible and elastic. This is why heat is used on older (chronic) injuries, to loosen tissue and bring in the blood flow needed for healing. Your body will begin to heal itself after its' injured. Increasing your blood flow with heat will actually speed up this natural process.

Doctors usually call this process 'Vasodilation'.



Some other things happen when you're hot and cold...

When you're cold you'll start to shiver and your fingers, nose and/or toes will get coldest first. This again, is your body trying to retain the heat so all major organs can still function. When you're hot you'll start to sweat. Sweating is the body's natural way of cooling itself down.


Knowing when to use hot and cold and which is better for your blood flow is easy when you remember how your body reacts to cold weather vs hot weather. Both temperatures are helpful for natural injury healing when used at the right time in the healing cycle.



How to Use Consistent Deep Tissue Stretching to Improve Achilles Tendon Strength & Health


Stretch your ankle to boost healing.

For many people, the treatment won't just end there. Stretching is also an important part of tendon healing - and it's the final step needed when healing your achilles injury with conservative treatment methods.

You would be suprised by how many people there are that don't understand the importance of stretching an achilles tendon injury. Before returning to full activity after an injury, physical therapists prescribe gentle stretching... This is because stretching is the secret of healing any soft tissue injury. Consistent stretching is one of the only solutions available to break up scar tissue that forms on your achilles tendon as it heals.

Stretching with use of a Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap® is even better!



Stretching your Achilles tendon with a Knee-Flex® is
even more powerful when combined with:

  • A Deep Tissue Therapeutic Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap® to increase elasticity of tissue and stimulate blood flow before stretching.
  • A Professional Cold Compression Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® to reduce pain and inflammation stretching.
 

There is a Unique Formula used for Achilles Injury Recovery...

We're going to let you in on a key piece of information... In every physical therapy appointment your physical therapist will use conservative treatments, massage, manual manipulation and/or stretching exercises to give you this Professional 3-Step Treatment Formula:


Step 1 - Warm Up Your Achilles Tendon

Physical therapists will warm up your muscle by performing deep tissue massage.

For this 1st step many physical therapists will use heat, manual manipulation, deep tissue massage, clinical ultrasound devices or a warm bath to warm up your Achilles. The goal during this first step is to increase healthy blood flow circulation and relax your soft tissue.

'Warming up' your ankle will increase the elastic-nature of your tendon fibers making it much easier to stretch and when needed, hold the stretch. This will also extend the amount that you will be able to stretch your Achilles tendon.


Increase Your Blood Flow Circulation at Home

The Perfect BFST Ankle Wrap

Use an Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap® for 15 to 20 minutes at least half an hour before stretching your Achilles tendon. An Inferno Wrap® will promote Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®) - a therapy that will increase the blood flow to your Achilles tendon while warming up and relaxing your injured tissue. BFST® will make your tendon fibers more elastic and pliable, allowing for more ease of movement when you're stretching and/or exercising.

Continued treatment with BFST® will also deliver much-needed oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy to your Achilles tendon. This will boost your own natural healing ability and speed up your time for recovery.


Step 2 - Stretch Your Achilles

After your Achilles tendon is warmed up your physical therapist will guide you through stretches to improve mobility.

The main goal of physical therapy is to exercise (stretch out) your Achilles tendon to improve flexibility and range of motion. After the physical therapist has warmed up your tendon, they'll get you to do a series of exercises that are focused on stretching the area and surrounding soft tissue.

This exercise may include heel slides that are focused on moving your quadriceps, groin, hip, hamstring, calf, shin and Achilles tendon.

Sometimes cardiovascular exercise, like using a stationary bike or treadmill, will be recommended under the supervision of your physical therapist.


Improve Your Range of Motion at Home

The Knee-Flex® can be used to perform consistent stretching that's beneficial to all of the tendons, ligaments and muscles in your leg, including your Achilles tendon. Start off with 10 repititions of the Knee-Flex® stretch at least once everyday. Increase your repititions as the movement becomes more fluid and natural for you.

Amazing Achilles tendon Stretching with Knee-Flex

You can easily modify these stretches to further work out specific tendons in your leg by pointing your toe forward when sliding your heel out, away from your body. You can then flex your foot up (pointing your toe to the cieling) when flexing your knee and bringing your heel back toward your body. Pointing your toe forward and backward will activate stretching in your Achilles tendon, hamstring and quadriceps muscle. When stretching your Achilles tendon it's important to also develop the surrounding soft tissue in your leg as they will be taking on some of the work that your tendon can't handle. Strengthening your entire leg will also give you a better chance of slowly improving the mobility of your Achilles tendon.

Why are ankle injuries so hard to over come? In two words - scar tissue.

Scar tissue builds on your tendon as the tears heal. The build up causes pain and inflexibility making your Achilles tendon more prone to further injury.

Achilles tendon tissue is meant to be soft and flexiable, ready to work and move extreme forces in everyday activities. Tears in your Achilles tendon will heal with scar tissue; little tiny band-aids that overlap each other on the tissue mending the injury. With the added scar tissue the tendon becomes rigid, less ready to move and unable to recieve the full force of your movements. If you're suffering with scar tissue now you may feel the effects with stiffness, tightness, weakness and tiredness in your ankle.

Scar tissue can form fast to bring together the edges of a tear, but working fast doesn't mean that the job's done right. When scar tissue forms it doesn't come together as neatly as regular (healthy) tissue would. Scar tissue fibers will lay down over top of your tear in a cluttered, messy and jumbled up way.

Imagine throwing a bunch of drinking straws in the air... When those straws hit the ground they'll land in a random, unorganized way. It even seems silly to think that those straws could land perfectly straight and all in the same direction.

Stretching helps to organize the scar tissue, increasing the strength of this tissue so it's more like the weave of a basket.


Step 3 - Cool Down Your Achilles

Toward the end of your appointment your physical therapist may introduce cold compression, acupuncture, or TENS to relax your tendon after the intense stretching and exercise.


Relieve Your Ankle Pain & Swelling at Home

Sprained Achilles Cold Compression Treatment

Use an Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® after using your Knee-Flex®, stretching / exercising your Achilles tendon, or whenever you feel sharp pain. The Freezie Wrap® will relieve any on-going pain and swelling while preventing full-blown inflammation from returning after your stretching.

Start with a 20 minute treatment directly after activity and apply more cold compression whenever you need to relieve pain and inflammation in your ankle.

Each Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® has non-migrating RigiGel® that keeps the cold over your ankle where it's needed most. With 3 extra large gel packs you also have the ability to swap out gel packs to extend your post-stretch cool down however long you need it.



Our Achilles Tendon Therapy Formula is
Proven to Work!


It may seem hard to believe, but our Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap® home therapy products will assist you in recovering from your injury by reducing your swelling and inflammation induced pain and maximizing blood flow where it's needed most.

Here at AidMyAchilles we pride ourselves in helping you with your healing and recovery process. Everyone at AidMyAchilles has tested and used the products, finding solutions to conditions that do not fit into the norm. This dedication to our customers and our products goes hand-in-hand with our guarantees to you as a customer:

  • Guarantee #1 - Use your products diligently for up to 60 days and you will experience a significant reduction in pain. If not, I encourage you to send back the items for a 100% refund.
  • guaranteed customer satisfaction
  • Guarantee #2 - You will not be left in the dark after purchasing any product from us. AidMyAchilles Advisers and Product Specialists are available 7 days a week by toll free phone 1-866-237-9608 or email to answer your questions or concerns.
  • Guarantee #3 - Your order is guaranteed to be shipped within 24 hours on every business day.
  • Guarantee #4 - All purchases receive a one year, full replacement warranty with guaranteed, prompt service.
  • Guarantee #5 - You could save hundreds of dollars and possibly more, by utilizing our products, and getting back to work sooner.


Learn More About SUPERIOR Achilles Treatments

Learn more about how the Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® is designed to be the most effective cold compression wrap on the market today.

Learn more about how the Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap® helps with the healing process.

 
 
 

Achilles Tendon Facts

There are over 250,000 achilles tendon injuries each year in the US.


Achilles tendon ruptures are common in people between the ages of 30 and 50.


In runners, too rapid an increase in mileage, hill training without proper strengthening, and recent or inadequate changes to running gear can cause injuries to the Achilles tendon.


Achilles tendonitis accounts for an estimated 11% of running injuries.


3-5% of athletes are forced to leave their sports career due to Achilles tendon overuse injuries that go untreated.


Medications mask the pain but do very little in the healing of Achilles tendonitis. Anti-inflammatories, cortisone injections, and pain killers can cause Achilles tendonitis to worsen.


A fully ruptured tendon REQUIRES surgery. It will not heal on its own.


Achilles tendonitis and Achilles tendinitis are the same thing.


Continually using your Achilles tendon while it is injured will lead to a more serious and/or chronic injury.


 


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I developed tendonitis in my left ankle about a year ago, after having some pain and realizing I needed to go to the doctor to see what I’d done! In November, I was told it was tendonitis and to wear a “boot” or air cast and that they would prescribe physical therapy. I was told that I did not need to wear the boot 24/7, but anytime it was painful or would be using my feet a lot, I should use it. Even though I’m a type A and like to multi-task and move quickly, I wore the boot, but boy did it get in my way. The physical therapy definitely helped, and they gave me some exercises to do at home and while gone for about two weeks. I graduated from physical therapy in January, and although my ankle did not really feel stable, the pain had diminished. However my body had aches and pains, some sciatica, my legs had cramping and those worsened whenever using the boot for long walking periods, as suggested by PT’s and doctor. Basically, we dediced that all this had helped, but anytime there was a strain put on that ankle, it was back to swelling and pain. And, the boot helped to keep pressure off the injury, but basically caused more damage to the rest of me. Frustrated, I decided to search tendonitis on line, and was looking for other modalities for healing. Voila! This lead me to the MendMeShop. With their 60 Day Money Back Guarantee, Free Shipping on orders over $200.00 and great support – I decided to purchase (I mean how could I go wrong)! I got the Achilles Inferno Wrap (for pain), the Achilles Freezie Wrap (for swelling, although after using the Inferno really didn’t have a swelling problem) and the 5 Year Extended Warranty on about the 20th of June this year. Read the instructions, called with a couple of questions and got great personalized service, and started using the Inferno Wrap as directed! Immediately my ankle was back to its more normal size and most of the pain was gone. I am able to move freely, actually am working a few days a week on my feet 8-9 hours, and although I don’t believe my tendon is totally healed yet – I believe it will be as I continue to use the Inferno Wrap. I simply saw that the PT (which included some ten treatments) was giving me snippets of relief. The boot left me wondering if it wouldn’t cause other damage even though it took the pressure off the tendon when I was unable to walk on it. The Inferno Wrap, and the few times I’ve needed the Freezie Wrap, have done more for me and has been worth every penny spent. I know I’ve saved 100’s in PT had I not met TheMendMe Shop and their products.

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I have only used the inferno heat wrap for about 2 weeks for a fairly significant achilles tendon problem that has plagued me for several months. A recent MRI shows partial tears and an irregular shape to part of the tendon. It seems to me I am getting amazing results already from use of the products I purchased. I am back to playing tennis on a limited basis and realize I need to show restraint but it certainly appears I am on the mend. I am extremely impressed by the professionalism of your company and the personnel that I have talked to in the ordering process.

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Dear MendMeShop,

I purchased the Inferno and Freezie because on August 28th my life changed, I was in Florida at the beach taking my last skimboarding run when I heard the dreaded pop and hit from behind. I had in fact after an MRI 2 weeks later ruptured my Achilles Tendon 100%. I was devastated...being 50, an athlete, former track record holder, my life came to a complete standstill. I found your site from an Achilles site with Blogs and I am very grateful. My current condition is nothing short of a miracle. I had surgery two and half weeks ago , surgery was open to repair tendon and was one hour 20 minutes. I was placed in a hard cast with toes down for 1 week, I observed all rules and used crutches 100%. After 1 week cast was removed then I was back in my air cast, I could put absolutely no pressure whatsoever on the repaired leg for 4 days. I received your products and immediately used them. The inferno wrap and freezie are my favorites, I just drove home 200 miles with the inferno wrap on via a 12 volt inverter. Last Saturday night I went out in a flip flop with the injured foot to just get used to having some weight on it. This past week i experimented with different shoes and sneakers and when I attended my second PT session all the swelling and bruising was gone and I had great side to side motion still working on stretching the achilles. Yesterday I drove with sneakers on and walked 1.5 miles on my sons college campus with no crutch, can, etc. Today I wore docksiders and drove home another 200 miles, I am now laying in bed with the Inferno on my left foot which has the intact achilles but it is sore due to disruption of weight from injury, at the same time I have the Freezie on my repaired leg. After reading all the stories on the internet and talking with people as well as knowing of the seriousness of this injury, I believe your products have played a key role to getting me back on my feet and my life headed back to normal 1000 times faster than the average achilles rupture patient. Thank You so much for great products and superior service as well as unprecedented guarantee. I will let you know when I am walking normal without any limp

Rating: Five Star Rating

D Hunziker

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

I recently went to a Rheumatologist and was diagnosed with DeQuervains tenosynovitis. I was tested and treated with a cortizone shot, pain medication and was told to continue using the brace I bought previous to the visit. The shot may have lasted all of 4 hours. I went online to research the condition and treatment. I ordered the Wrist Inferno Wrap immediately after reading the reviews and what it could do for the pain I was experiencing. To my surprise this wrap starting working within a couple of days. I could not believe it! Although this treatment indicates it would take atleast 4 to 6 weeks, I am experiencing relief already. The nodule beneath my thumb where I was experiencing the spasms has disappeared. THIS PRODUCT really works. I am so greatful to you and endorse this product 100%. I am hoping to be completely healed with continued use soon. Thank you so much for creating a product that TRULY WORKS. I use as recommended 3 times a day including in the office. I rate this product as EXCELLENT!

Rating: Five Star Rating

Pamela Henry

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

I just wanted to reply by saying that I love your products. I have purchased 2 wraps from you (Wrist Inferno and Ankle/Achilles Inferno) and they have worked for me better than I ever thought they would. I believe I completely healed my heel and I am still receiving treatments for my carpal tunnel. But your products are really wonderful. Thank You

Rating: Five Star Rating

Tracy Skeens

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

I learned about your product from surfing the net looking for natural ways to heal tendon injuries. What I read on your site made sense to me. Your explanation of soft tissue injury healing, plus your money back guarantee led to my purchase of your products. I am very happy with both of the items I bought from your company! The pain in my elbow, which was a constant shooting pain, is gone! I am still using the Elbow inferno 2x/day. Thank-you so much for offering this kind of a product. With your company's help I succeeded in mending at home and am back to my work out routine as before.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Paolo LAUDADIO

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

Thank you so much for your communication. I am loving the Ankle Inferno wrap and just wish that I was disciplined enough to use it more because I believe I am actually feeling better! I look forward to extended time with the device and hope to reap more benefits in the future.

Rating: Five Star Rating

M Hardcastle

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

A couple of years ago I helped my husband cut firewood on a hillside. I began to experience pain in my Achilles tendon shortly after we had finished getting all of the firewood cut, split and stacked. I limped through the winter and in the spring began to worry that I wouldn't be able to take care of my gardens. I finally went to the doctor and was prescribed physical therapy. The PT did help with the pain but didn't really "cure" the problem. I continued home physical therapy for another year and began to research therapies to help the tendon. I wanted to avoid surgery if possible. I came across the MendMeShop website and read about the products recommended for Achilles tendon. The cost seemed minimal compared to what I had already spent at the doctor and physical therapist. I ordered the Inferno Wrap and the Freezie Wrap for the ankle and used them according to the directions. I felt great pain relief and the flexibility in my Achilles returned within a few weeks of treatments. I have also been using a night splint following my last Inferno Wrap night treatment before retiring. With that regimen, I have been able to avoid a surgical tendon correction and have been able to resume my normal busy activities. Thank you MendMeShop for your great products and customer service follow-up of the shipment of products.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Pat King

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

I've been a long time customer. Two of our daughters dance and your products have helped a variety of ailments. Our daughter's Achilles tendonitis took a few months, but no longer hurts!!! You have super products that really work! As a follow up not long after Kathy's first comments (based on her most recent purchase of the Wrist Inferno and Freezie) Pain is down about 90% so far!!! Thanks for thinking of us. You have a great system of customer service and products! KL

Rating: Five Star Rating

K Lange

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

This (Back/Hip Inferno) wrap is amazing! I am already feeling the difference of pain level in my hip thank you.

Rating: Five Star Rating

J Huling

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

My husband, who is in his 50's was feeling pain in his Achilles on one foot. He kept walking on it till it became inflamed and impossible to walk on. My husband sought out help from our Chiropractor, the treatments were very expensive and he could only get one a day. He couldn't walk on it at all. Just moving any part of his body caused him great pain. Going to see anyone would prove unworkable. I couldn't get him in the car as he could not even move his leg. I researched Achilles tendon injury on line. I found an article about the Inferno Wrap. The cost would be far less than trips to the Doctor. It was only a matter of days before he was able to get out of bed once we started the treatments as recommended. It was a week and he was off the crutches. He was able to get back to work after three weeks. He still uses the inferno boot when his Achilles feels sore. I am very grateful for your products and highly recommend them.

Rating: Five Star Rating

Nikki Page

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

Thank you!!! So far it's helping. My daughter is a pitcher and has been having treatment on her forearm. We are trying to get her well before the season begins at school. It is always a pleasure doing business with a company who genuinely cares about the quality of it's product, it's effectiveness and customer service. Please don't change a thing about how you do business there are not enough companies like yours in that respect! My family has owned small businesses through out the years and quality of work/product, customer service, satisfaction and respect were always our main concerns too! Angela

Rating: Five Star Rating

Angela Sloan

 

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Dear MendMeShop,

I began to have acute tendinitis in my ankle just before Thanksgiving of 2012, and I was told that it might last for 6 months. On line, I found a product from the Mend Me Shop that I thought might be helpful for my condition. I did not have any swelling, so I thought that heat would aide in healing the tendonitis. I ordered the Inferno Wrap. From the time I got it...probably after having the condition for two months with no end in sight for the severe tendonitis, I began to use the Inferno Wrap four times a day. By the end of February, my tendonitis subsided, and I was able to walk my daughter down the aisle for her wedding in March. I had been told I could have a cast or a boot to ease the pain; however, I knew that I didn't want to walk down the aisle in a cast or a boot. After the treatments with the Inferno Wrap, I had no problems with pain. I give Mend Me Shop and the Inferno Wrap credit for ending my pain, so that I was able to walk my daughter down the aisle on March 23

Rating: Five Star Rating

Sue Wood

 

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