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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Midpoint and Insertional
Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body connecting the calf muscles in your leg to your heel bone. Achilles Tendonitis can occur at two points in your Achilles tendon, called Midpoint and Insertional Achilles Tendonitis, involving the break down, damage and small tears forming in the tendon. There may be only a small differences to the location of the midpoint and inserational tendonitis, but are separated into two different injuries. The separation is furthered by the differences in the type of tissue in Achilles tendon.

Midpoint Achilles Tendonitis

Do you have midpoint achilles tendoitis, what you can do to heal

A few inches above the heel at the 'midpoint' of the tendon is at less risk of injury. The tissue in this area is dense, increased amount of blood to support the above attaching calf muscles. While this is the lesser common of the two Achilles Tendonitis, it more commonly affects younger and active people.

Causes
  • repetitive strain from running or jumping
  • a sudden increase in exercise (running extra miles without giving your body a chance to adjust) or suddenly starting an aggressive exercise program
  • having weak or tight calf muscles
  • poor range of motion in the ankle
  • overpronation of the foot (the foot rolls inwards)
Symptoms
If you are suffering from Midpoint Achilles tendonitis you will most likely be experiencing:
  • morning stiffness and pain along the tendon
  • severe pain the day after exercising
  • thickening of the tendon
  • swelling of the area is present all the time and gets worse throughout the day with activity.

Insertional Achilles Tendonitis

Between 2 and 6 cms of the Achilles tendon that connects or 'inserts' into your heel bone is called Insertional Achilles Tendinitis. This attachment point of the tendon to the heel bone has a very poor blood supply to the tendon which can cause degeneration of the tissue or injury can occur.

10% of runners suffer from Insertional Achilles Tendonitis

Heel bones can very in shape and size from person to person. With such varations, a small heel bone can put extra stress on your Achilles tendon causing you to more of a chance of damage then the next person. An irregular shape heel (calcaneus) can cause the Achilles tendon to twist causing further irritation.

The heel of the foot is a small area with a lot going on, the Achilles tendon attachment, the bursa sac (lubricates the joint), the plantar fascia and the fat pad under the heel. All can become irritated, this can be the challenge to heal the tendon and could lead to chronic Insertional Achilles tendonitis . Your damaged tendon fibers can harden (become calcified). This extra calcium can gather where the Achilles tendon is under stress resulting in a bone spur.

Insertional Achilles Tendinitis is not directly related to a specific injury. More often affecting people in their 40's as they become more active with increased exercise program or a weekend warrior away from the office. Increased risk including to having insertional Achilles tendonitis can be associated with psoriasis and Reiter's syndrome, spondyloarthropathy, gout, familial hyperlipidemia, sarcoidosis and diffuse idiopathic.

Resting too long, or using bracing to restrict movement for extended periods of time, can decrease mobility of your Achilles tendon and increase pain.
Causes
What happened too your tendon to:
  • brake down of the tendon fibers of the Achilles tendon
  • inflammation of the bursa (small fluid-filled sac that lubricates the ankle joint)
  • inflammation of the tendon sheath (is a layer of membrane around a tendon, allowing the tendon move with wear) in the same area
  • Calcium deposits (bone spur) within the tendon at the heel bone
    (60% of the time this confirmed with an x-ray source: American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society)
  • a sudden increase in exercise (running extra miles without giving your body a chance to adjust) or suddenly starting an aggressive exercise program
  • having weak or tight calf muscles
  • poor range of motion in the ankle
  • Overpronation of the foot (the foot rolls inwards)

Symptoms
If you are suffering from Insertional Achilles Tendonitis you will most likely be experiencing:
  • morning stiffness and pain along the tendon
  • early stages, often feels like a throbbing bruise at the back of the heel
  • pain along the back of the heel bone and even onto the sole of the foot and is worse when you are active
  • severe pain the day after exercising
  • thickening of the tendon
  • swelling of the area is present all the time and gets worse throughout the day with activity.

Treatment - What You Can Do!

Be Proactive About the Health of your Injury!

The one of the most important factor in healing both Midpoint and Insertional Achilles Tendonitis is resting your ankle. This can be difficult when you have to carry on with daily activities, but resting and elevating your foot whenever you can is recommended. During your recovery you will probably have to modify or avoid the activities that put stress on your Achilles tendon until your pain and inflammation settles.

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In most cases, you Doctor will start with nonsurgical treatments options, may recommend drugs or medications like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflamatory drugs) to manage pain and inflammation. Alternative medications like cortisone injections are NOT advised for any type of Achilles Tendon condition. This is because there is increased risk of rupture of the tendon following a cortisone injection.

"Medical evidence shows that cortisone shots can damage the surrounding tissue, fray the Achilles tendon, and even trigger a rupture. Most side effects are temporary, but skin weakening (atrophy) and lightening of the skin (depigmentation) can be permanent." (reference: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)

Night Splints and stablization of your Achilles Tendon
Promote faster healing of your Achilles tendon with a Night Splint with tread

Wearing a night splint to treat your Midpoint and Insertional Achilles Tendonitis allows you to begin your day in significantly less pain and heals your inflamed Achilles Tendon faster.

Promote faster healing of your Achilles Tendon with a Dorsal Night Splint

Night splints are designed to maintain a gentle stretch of the Achilles Tendon while you sleep. Your ankle is stabilized at an angle that prevents the Achilles tendon from becoming taut as you relax your foot throughout the night. As a result, you will no longer go through the painful process of re-stretching the Achilles Tendon in the morning.

Our lightweight, padded, low-profile Dorsal Night Splint and Night Splint with Tread will give you the stretch you need while you sleep comfortably and heal your pain.

Support throughout the day

Supportive shoes with softer backs can reduce irritation on the tendon. Heel lifts are very helpful with insertional tenditious as they raise up the heel away from the back of the shoe reducing the rubbing that can occur. As well the lifts take some of the strain off the tendon. If the pain is severe, your doctor may recommned a walking boot for a short time - extended use of boot is discouraged, as it can weaken your calf muscle and more possible injuries.

Reducing inflammation and getting pain relief

For years, doctors, trainers, and other medical professionals have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling of fresh injuries, chronic pain, and after any re-injury.

Although RICE can help to treat these symptoms, ice and freezer gel packs reach temperatures so low they can cause cryoburn, an ice burn on your skin. The problem is, up until now there hasn't been another option to treat painful conditions and injuries, so ice and freezer gel packs have been the only choice.

Cold Compression Freezie Wrap Therapy treats inflammation and pain caused by insterational Tendonitis

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. The Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® allows you to treat your calf in an effective and convenient way. Cold Compression Therapy works by stopping and slowing nerve and cell function in the injured area and reducing swelling that can block blood vessels. 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 do not 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.

The gel pack sits over the inflamed tendon to reduce swelling and redness. The wrap is soft and adjustable so it fits your foot properly, without irritating the Achilles tendon, and allows you to adjust the compression. This is important when treating an inflamed tendon because too much pressure can cause you further pain. You control how much pressure the tendon receives so you can benefit from the compression to hold the cold where you need it, without increasing your pain. Simply, apply cold to your ankle as needed throughout the day, for approximately 10-15 minutes at a time.

To decrease inflammation and relieve pain caused by Midpoint and Insertional Achilles Tendonitis use the Freezie Wrap® cold compression therapy and the Inferno Wrap® Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®). Improving the elasticity of the Achilles tendon and muscle tissue in the ankle with BFST® which decreases the risk of your ankle condition becoming chronic and/or Achilles Tendinitis returning.

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In addition to cold compression therapy, doctor's recommend using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy to further reduce inflammation, treat scar tissue and increase the growth of strong health tendon fibers.

Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy

The Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap will heal the tendon damage caused by Midpoint and Insertional Achilles Tendinitis.

Once the inflammation of Midpoint and Insertional Achilles Tendonitis has been reduced with cold therapy it is time to improve blood flow and improve the elasticity of your surrounding soft tissue. Your body needs a fresh supply of blood to improve the health of your tissue and get your Achilles tendon back to normal.

Unfortunately, when you are suffering from Midpoint and Insertional Achilles Tendonitis it is painful to walk and move your foot normally. When you limit movement in your foot the blood flow is reduced, starving your tissue of the necessary oxygen and nutrients. The trick is to find a way to increase blood flow without causing pain and/or further inflaming tendon. This is where Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®) becomes a powerful tool.

With the use of BFST® your are complimenting your body's natural healing process by promoting the flow of blood to your foot while you give it the rest it needs.

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The Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap® uses a patented process to generate the same energy that is part of the sun's spectrum of light, the same energy that is necessary to all living things for optimum health. The energy emitted from the Energy Web® stimulates blood flow to your ankle, more than you body would ever be able to generate on it's own, giving your body the boost it needs to continue the reconditioning process. The healing energy reaches deep into your Achilles tendon to speed tissue repair, whisk away the toxins and dead cells, and rejuvenate your ankle tissues for improved elasticity.

Surgical Treatments

Debridement and debulking is a common surgical technique used to 'clean up' the injured Achilles tendon and clear out all damaged tissue.

Surgery should be considered to relieve Achilles tendinitis only if the pain does not improve after 6 months of nonsurgical treatment. The specific type of surgery depends on the location of the tendinitis and the amount of damage to the tendon. For more on Achilles Tendon Surgery and Post-Operative Rehabilitation Many patients require 12 months of rehabilitation before they are pain-free. Surgery in itself is not the end of the journey, it is merely the beginning of a new chapter. Your rehabilitation efforts will have an important impact on how soon you can return to living and enjoying your normal daily life.

 

Prevention and Promotion of Lifelong Health

If you want to prevent Achilles Tendonitis or tendon rupture, avoid re-injury, or manage pain and increase circulation for lifelong health benefits, an Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® and Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap® will provide exceptional results. Why spend time in pain, off from work, and missing out on your active lifestyle when you can be proactive about your injury and the health of your body? Talk to your doctor about incorporating a regular routine of using a Freezie Wrap® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy into your everyday health regimen.

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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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