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Just want to let you know that I've had a chance to use the Freeze Wrap. I fell down on my tail bone and injured it slightly. I put the Freeze Wrap on my behind every night while watching TV, and it seems to help it a lot. I alternate between the 2 ice packs, keeping one in the freezer at all times. Thought you might be interested in this for the follow-up of your products. Will recommend your products highly to anyone interested. Sincerely, Irene

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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,

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.

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Shin Splints
(Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome)

Shin splints is a general term used to describe pain in the front of the shin or tibia bone. This pain can be caused by damage (tiny cracks) to the tibia bone itself, tears in the tibialis anterior muscle, or tears along the tibialis anterior tendon where it attaches to the tibia. It is also referred to as Anterior Compartment Syndrome or Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, depending on the location of the pain. This condition is often caused by stress to the tibia and surrounding muscles due to an increase in athletic training or demanding training programs (i.e. marathon runners).

Although "shin splints" usually refers to pain that occurs at the outer, front part of the lower leg (anterolateral shin splints), it less commonly refers to pain at the back, inside of the lower leg (called posteromedial shin splints). Both types are painful, with pain occurring anywhere from just below the knee all the way to the ankle, and can take a long time to heal without proper treatment.

The most common cause of shin splints is continued, repeated stress to the tibialis anterior muscle and tendon, the extensor digitorum longus muscle, the extensor hallucis longus, the tibialis posterior muscle and tendon, and the soleus muscle as well as the tissue around the muscles (deep crural fascia) attached to the tibia. Excess wear and stretching of these tendons and muscles can occur with repeated stress or jarring of the tibial bone. In addition, when the muscles swell they put pressure on the fascia which causes more pain. Without an appropriate amount of recovery time or proper conditioning these muscles, the deep crural fascia, and the tibial tendons can become stressed and/or torn to the point of inflammation.

Due to the cause, shin splints are considered a repetitive or cumulative stress injury and are common among runners, gymnasts, dancers and other sports that involve high impact on the foot and lower leg. Approximately 10-15% of all running injuries are attributed to shin splints.

Anterolateral (Anterior) Shin Splints

Anterolateral Shin Splint pain occurs in the outer from

Anterolateral shin splints affect the tibialis anterior muscle in the outer, front portion of the lower leg. This condition can be the result of a natural imbalance in the size of opposing muscles. Shin muscles pull the foot up, whereas the large and powerful gastrocnemius muscles in the calf pull the foot down when the heel strikes the ground. An imbalance can cause the heel to hit the ground improperly causing excess jarring of the tibia and surrounding muscles.

Anterolateral shin splints will cause pain in the front and outside of the shin which can result from damage to the tibialis anterior muscle itself or the deep crural fascia. Initial pain is felt when the heel strikes the ground though eventually the pain just remains.

To allow this type of shin splint to heal, you should avoid activities that cause stress to the tibia and tibialis anterior muscles and do other kinds of exercise recommended by your doctor or physical therapist. Such exercises usually involve stretching the calf muscle, as tight calf muscles put a lot of pressure on the shin muscle and the anterior tibial tendon.

Posteromedial (Posterior) Shin Splints

Posteromedial shin splints affect the soleus muscle and the tibialis posterior muscles and pain appears in the interior (or medial bone) in the lower leg). These muscle groups are responsible for lifting the heel to support a runner's weight on the ball portion of the foot when running.

Posteromedial Shin Splint or Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome (MTSS) pain areas

Posteromedial shin splints (also called Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome or MTSS) are often caused by running on a sloped track or other non-level running surface or wearing improper shoes that do not protect the foot from rolling (pronation).

Pain begins on the inside, back of the lower leg (usually within 7 inches above the ankles), but will worsen and continue to rise up the leg. Initially, only tendons will become inflamed, but if running continues, the muscles themselves could become affected. In the most severe cases, the tibialis posterior tendon could become detached from the bone - a painful occurrence that causes bleeding and excessive inflammation.

To allow a posteromedial shin splint to heal, the running must temporarily stop and other therapeutic exercises recommended by your doctor or physical therapist can be done. Special shoes may be prescribed during the healing phase, and it may be advisable to look into potential problems with over-pronation of the feet (flat feet). This can often be solved by wearing shoes that prevent pronation and/or avoid running on side slopes.

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures (or bone trauma) in the tibia and fibula are sometimes related to anterolateral shin splints. Due to excess jarring of the bone, microscopic cracks may form in one or both of the lower leg bones. Avoiding the activity or sport that caused the cracks is advised to allow the bones to rest and repair. Without allowing enough time to recover, these cracks can become a fracture which is very painful.

Shin Splint Causes

Shin splints may be caused by:

Running uphill or over training without conditions can lead to shin splints.
  • Over training or new runners doing too much too soon.
  • Running on side slopes (ie. banked tracks).
  • Tight gastrocnemius muscles, exerting extra force on shin muscles.
  • A sudden change from soft to hard running surfaces.
  • Poor or worn out footwear that doesn't reduce the impact or support your arch when running.
  • Excessive uphill running.
  • Other conditions in the tibial area such as tendinitis, periostitis, stress fractures and compartment syndrome can all lead to shin splints.
  • Not warming up or stretching properly.
  • Poor running mechanics which could include; heavy forward lean, excessive weight on the ball of the foot, running with toes pointed outward, landing too far back on the heels causing the foot to flop down, and over-pronation. Pronation (flat feet or pes planus) is the most likely to be the cause.

Shin Splint Symptoms

  • Most often, shin spints cause pain in the front of the outer leg below the knee.
  • Swelling and redness around the tibia may occur.
  • Pain or discomfort in the beginning of the workout that lessens and then reappears towards the end of the training session.
  • Increased pain when running (especially on hard surfaces), jumping, running downhill, or climbing uphill.
  • The pain is usually at it worst the morning after exercising and when the foot is in plantar flexion (toes are bent downward).
  • Tight and inflexible calf muscles due to scar tissue build up and lack of proper stretching.

Treating Shin Splints - What You Can Do!

Treating the pain of shin splints can be easily done with conservative treatments in your own home. It is important to give your legs the rest they needs to prevent further progression of damage and shin splint symptoms.

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Then begin your therapy with cold compression to reduce pain, inflammation and swelling around your shins.

In addition, the use of Inferno Wrap® applications over the affected area is recommended once the initial swelling has subsided. This will help prevent scar tissue build up on the calf muscles, the deep crural fascia, and the tibial tendons as well as accelerate the healing of injured soft tissue in the treated area via Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy. Lastly, Inferno Wrap® treatments have been shown in studies to increase the elasticity of soft tissue - this is a major benefit in that increased flexibility of these soft tissues will help minimize your chance of re-injury when stresses (ie. stretching, walking, climbing stairs) are encountered.

Cold Compression Therapy

Start treating your shin splints by applying cold compression therapy for 10-20 minutes at a time, as needed to reduce pain, inflammation and swelling. The Leg/Arm Freezie Wrap® allows you to treat shin splints pain in a effective and convenient way.

Cold Compression
Freezie Wrap Therapy treats the inflammation and pain of anterolateral shin splints and posteromedial shin splints in an easy and convenient way.

Cold compression therapy works by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function in the injured area and reducing swelling in the tibial area.

This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry the vital oxygen and nutrients to the tibial tendons and muscles and the tissue cells begin to break-down.

Without cold compression therapy tissue damage continues as the cells do not get the nutrients they need to survive.

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By limiting the amount of damage done to your deep crural fascia and tibial tendons and muscles, you also reduce pain and limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to get rid of shin splints faster and with less pain!

Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
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Using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy, or BFST, will speed your recovery as BFST increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your lower leg. This increased blood flow nourishes your tendons, ligaments, fascia and muscles, improving the health and elasticity of the tissues and accelerating the healing process.

A Leg/Arm Inferno Wrap® is one of the most helpful tools to treat shin splints and soothe the pain caused by stress on your shins. Through the absorption of the Energy Web's healing energy waves, tissues are safely and gently heated - increasing blood flow within the treated area.

MendMeShop Leg/Arm Inferno Wrap speeds the healing and elasticity of your tibialis anterior tendon and muscle, the flexor digitorum longus muscle, or the tibialis posterior tendon and muscle.

Your body's natural response to this increased temperature is to try to maintain a condition of homeostasis - a balanced environment or state of equilibrium throughout the body. To do this, your body responds with a rapid increase in blood flow to your shins (known as vasodilation), increasing the supply of nutrients to injured cells and flushing out toxins that build up around damaged tissue to promote healing.

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The Leg/Arm Inferno Wrap® is the most effective way to get the non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief of Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy.

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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