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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Quadriceps Tendonitis (Tendinitis)

Quadriceps tendinitis can lead to tenosynovitis if left untreated.

Quadriceps tendonitis (also spelled tendinitis) is a painful condition affecting the quadriceps tendon above the kneecap. The quadriceps group of muscle is the largest in the front of the thigh and is very important for stabilizing the leg. The group of muscles are individually called the vastus lateralis, vastus intermedius, vastus medialis and the overlying rectus femoris. The quadriceps tendon connects the quadriceps to the shin bone (tibia) via the patellar tendon, which encases the knee cap itself. The process known as the quadriceps mechanism involves the patella (knee cap), the patella tendon, the quadriceps and its tendon. They all work together to extend the leg to straight.

Quadriceps tendonitis is caused by repetitive use of this tendon. This condition is most common in an athlete who is in involved in sports that require lots of jumping such as basketball, volleyball and jogging, or in a sport that requires a lot of stopping and starting. Little tears in the tendon and tendon sheath will present as pain and inflammation if these tears are not allowed to heal with rest.

Quadriceps tendinitis - inflammation of the quadriceps tendon is caused by tiny tears that are not giving the proper rest to heal.

Inflammation in the quadriceps tendon is often due to irritation and/or micro-tearing of the collagen fibers. When the fibers tear, they become weaker, inflamed and swollen causing pain and tenderness in the area.

There are 2 types of tendonitis, acute and chronic. Acute quadriceps tendonitis refers to inflammation that comes on suddenly, usually from a tendon strain or overloading it during exercise. Chronic quadriceps tendonitis occurs over time and generally results from long term repetitive use of the quadriceps tendon.

With both types of tendinitis, scar tissue develops on the tendon as the tears begin to heal. This scar tissue mends the tears in an abnormal way leaving the collagen fibers weaker and more prone to further injury. In the case of chronic quadriceps tendinitis, a build up of scar tissue over a long period of time will make the tendon and the entire knee joint more prone to re-injury.

Other conditions which can be a cause of anterior (front) knee pain are commonly confused with quadriceps tendonitis. These conditions include patellar tendonitis, synovial plicae, chondromalacia, patello-femoral subluxation and hyper-pressure, fat pad impingement or Hoffa's syndrome and patello-femoral arthritis.

Quadriceps Tendinitis Risk Factors

  • Participating in "jumping" sports such as basketball, volleyball and jogging.
  • Having diabetes, gout or para-hypothyroidism.
  • Age can be a factor because as we grow older our tendons become more brittle and therefore prone to injury.
  • Activities that require sharp, sudden changes of direction or lots of stopping and starting.
  • Mis-alignment of the foot, ankle, and leg including flat feet, leg length discrepancy, tracking abnormalities, etc.

Quadriceps Tendonitis Symptoms

  • Pain when tightening or flexing the quadriceps with a straight leg .
  • Pain when the top of the kneecap is pressed.
  • Irritation or pain when moving from a crouched position to a standing position.
  • Stiffness or tightness the day following any activity or exercise that irritated the area.

Treating Quadriceps Tendinitis

The best way to treat quadriceps tendonitis is to start by resting your knee, especially avoiding the particular activity that produced the condition. Frequent Blood Circulation Boost Therapy TShellz Wrap applications, gentle stretching and cold compression (when it swells) are all very powerful treatments that you can do at home.

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

In the case of mild tendinitis, the body should be able to heal the tendon fibers normally with proper rest. Unfortunately, this is not the usual result, due to the injured tendon being used frequently in everyday activities.

Because of this stress on the quadriceps tendon, the body heals the injured fibers by binding them together with fibrotic adhesions, or scar tissue. This is a normal, protective response of the body, done in an attempt to prevent further damage to the injured area. Unfortunately, this leads to inflexibility in the knee and possibly chronic knee problems.

The trick to healing quadriceps tendonitis is getting it to heal with minimal scar tissue formation - something the Universal/Leg TShellz Wrap is great at! Even with optimum healing there is always less elasticity in a previously injured quadriceps tendon. You need to make sure you heal this as best you can- that way, your chance of re-injury and chronic knee problems down the road is much lower than average.

Cold Compression

Use cold compression to treat quadriceps tendinitis reduces pain, swelling, and tissue damage./p>

Cold 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 quadriceps tendon and tissue cells begin to break-down. An Ice Pack or Cold Compress or Ice Pack allows you to treat yourself in an effective and convenient way and rid yourself of the pain of quadriceps tendinitis above the knee. Ice Packs slow cell function thereby reducing cellular break-down. Furthermore, because cold numbs the nerves, it also reduces pain.

Deep Tissue Regeneration Therapy
MendMeShop Knee TShellz Wrap speeds the healing of the soft tissue surrounding the patella to strengthen your entire knee following quadriceps tendinitis.

After the inflammation and swelling above your kneecap and around your quadriceps tendon is reduced, you can begin to treat your entire knee with Deep Tissue Regeneration Therapy.

DTR Therapy increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your knee to nourish your meniscal cartilage, tendons, ligaments and muscles and speed healing.

By treating yourself with the Knee T•Shellz Wrap 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 quadriceps tendinitis leaving the area clean and able to heal faster.

The 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 quadriceps tendon back to normal faster and allow you to get back to the activities you enjoy.

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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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