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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Fat Pad Impingement (Hoffa's Syndrome)

Hoffa's pad (also known as the infrapatellar fat pad) is a fatty pad that sits below the knee cap (patella) directly behind the patellar tendon. It functions to cushion the patella from hitting against the condyle of the femur (or end of the thigh bone) in the case of a direct blow to the front of the knee.

Hoffa's Syndrome (fat pad impingement) causes pain in the front of the knee with swelling and inflammation under the knee cap (patella) and along the patellar tendon.

Hoffa's Syndrome is a condition in which the infrapatellar fat pad either suffers a contusion or an injury, resulting in damage and swelling. This can lead to the Hoffa's pad becoming trapped between the femur and the patella every time the leg is extended.

Fat pad impingement can also occur if the fat pad is pinched when the leg turns inward abnormally while running. The risk of this happening increases if you have instability in your knees or hips which can be a result of other conditions such as Achilles injuries. When favouring a sore Achilles tendon in one foot, you begin to use improper mechanics to walk or run and this can lead to unbalanced loads and over straining one of your knees and/or hips.

The fat pad in the knee has a lot of nerve cells, so any injury to it is extremely painful. Because straightening the leg will cause the fat pad to become trapped it is being re-injured constantly and can lead to a significant recovery time if not treated quickly and correctly.

Symptoms of Fat Pad Impingement

  • Pain, inflammation, and swelling at the front of the knee cap and along the sides of the patellar tendon.
  • Increased pain when the knee is extended.
  • Standing for long periods on hyperextended knees will increase the pain.
  • Squatting or using stairs will often make the pain worse.

Who is at Risk?

Hoffa's Syndrome (fat pad impingement) can be caused by the fat pad pinching between the patella (knee cap) and the femur following a blow during contact sports.
  • People participating in activities or sports where a blow to the knee is possible such as football, rugby, soccer, and hockey.
  • If you have suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury the stability of your knee decreases leaving the infrapatellar fat pad more prone to being pinched.
  • Runners with excessive pronation (also known as flat feet) or weak hips may experience quick leg turns inward while the knee cap (patella) remains behind, causing the fat pad to be pinched.
  • People who have Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome.
  • Anyone who has a history of hyperextension in the knee

Hoffa's Syndrome Test

Your doctor or health care professional will examine your knee to determine if you have Hoffa's Syndrome (fat pad impingement). He/she will ask you to lie down with a bent knee. You then slowly straighten your leg while the doctor presses his or her fingers below the knee cap (patella), on either side of the patellar tendon. Any pain or hesitation when straightening the leg is considered a positive test for Hoffa's Syndrome.

Treatments - What You Can Do!

Allowing your knee to rest is always recommended when you are suffering from fat pad impingement. Avoid activities that may have caused the injury or irritation and begin cold compression treatments as soon as possible. It is difficult to rest your knee completely as you have to get on with your daily activities.

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Fortunately, there are healing tools that can help treat your pinched fat pad and speed up the healing process so you can get back to a life without pain and risk of further injury. Deep Tissue Regeneration Therapy (Blood Circulation Boost Therapy) will treat scar tissue and promote blood flow to heal your knee faster and more completely than any other methods available.

Cold Compression Therapy

Using cold compression immediately following an injury reduces pain, swelling, and tissue damage that occurs when you have Hoffa's Syndrome (fat pad impingement).

Cold Compression Therapy works by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function in the damaged area. This is important because once blood vessels are damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood to the infrapatellar fat pad and patella tendon and tissue cells begin to break-down.

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The deep cold provided by an ice pack slows cell function thereby reducing cellular break-down. Furthermore, because the cold serves to numb the nerves, it also reduces pain!

Deep Tissue Regeneration Therapy
MendMeShop Knee Inferno Wrap speeds the healing of the soft tissue surrounding the patella to strengthen your entire knee following Hoffa's Syndrome.

After the inflammation and swelling behind your knee cap and around your patellar tendon is gone, you can begin to treat your entire knee with Deep Tissue Regeneration Therapy, or Blood Circulation Boost Therapy. Blood Circulation Boost Therapy increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your knee to nourish your fat pad, meniscal cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscles to speed healing.

By treating yourself with Deep Tissue Regeneration Therapy you can increase your body's blood supply to the knee and your body's natural healing power. In addition, the fresh blood flow whisks away dead cells and toxins that have built up from the tissue damage of Hoffa's Syndrome leaving the area clean and able to heal faster. Our Knee TShellz Wrap provides the most effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.

During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort in your knee until your pain and inflammation settle. Taking the time to care for your knee properly will have your knee back to normal faster and allow you to get back to the activities you enjoy.

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With these 3 easy therapies you will notice incredible results in your knee. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!

Remember: We recommend that you consult your doctor and/or physiotherapist before using any of our outstanding products, to make sure they're right for you and your condition.


 
 
 

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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