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Achilles Tendonitis Symptoms and Treatment   Leave a comment

Achilles Tendonitis Symptoms and Treatment

Achilles Tendon Injury Achilles Tendonitis
Achilles tendonitis is a debilitating, painful inflammation of the Achilles Tendon – a cordlike prominence at the back of the heel rising up toward the calf. Symptoms include an extremely piercing pain, a shooting or burning pain at the back area of the heel. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle of the leg to the heel bone. The degree of injury ranges from an irritated tendon to a tear or even a complete rupture of the tendon.

Common mitigating factors include:
Improper training program for athletesWearing footwear that is ill-fitted or badly wornimproper warmup (or cool-down) for your activitylack of flexibility in the calf muscleswearing high heels that can shrink the tendon and become more vulnerable to injury
This injury is problematic among athletes especially runners and professional dancers, as both activites stress the achilles tendon quite heavily.

If you feel a sharp pain, as though you’ve been hit in the back of the ankle, and hear a “pop” sound, your Achilles tendon has likely ruptured. A ruptured (completely torn) Achilles tendon can occur when the Achilles tendon is overstressed to the point of tearing. It will be very difficult for you to walk or move your ankle if this is the case.
 Achilles Tendon Rupture
The exact cause of a rupture is difficult to say. However, it seems to occur more frequently when the tendon and the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles in the calf are weak. Weaker muscles are shorter and tighter than usually and this causes more stress on the Achilles tendon. A forceful stretch of the tendon while the calf muscles are contracting and the leg is moving forward can cause a rupture to occur.

Achilles tendonitis should never go untreated because it can lead to the weakening of the tendon and possibly a complete rupture. An injured, weakened tendon held together by scar tissue is very susceptible to a rupture because it is not strong enough to withstand the demands placed on it during exercise or everyday activities.

Achilles Treatments – What You Can Do!
Allowing your Achilles tendon to rest is always recommended if you suffer from acute Achilles tendonitis. Avoid all activities that may have caused the injury or irritation and begin cold compression treatments as soon as possible. The Achilles tendon is a difficult tendon to rest completely as it is an essential tendon for walking and daily activities. During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort in your Achilles tendon until your pain and inflammation settle.

The trick with healing acute Achilles tendinitis is getting the tendon to heal with minimal scar tissue formation and with as much realignment of the tendon fibres as possible – something ultrasound therapy is great at! Even with optimum healing, there is always less elasticity in a previously injured Achilles tendon. This will cause the tendon to hurt during daily activities and exercise. However, if you heal your injury efficiently and quickly, your chance of re-injury later on is much lower than average.

Fortunately, there are healing tools that can help treat your tendon and speed up the healing process so you can get back to a life without pain and risk of further injury. Therapeutic ultrasoundwill treat scar tissue and reduce inflammation while Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST) promotes blood flow to heal your tendon faster and more completely than any other methods available.
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Although steroid injections may provide temporary relief of the pain of Achilles tendonitis, they should generally be avoided as they weaken the Achilles tendon and may lead to a rupture of the tendon. If you do opt for an injection, doctors usually recommend that you do not participate in strenuous activities for several weeks to reduce the risk of an Achilles tendon rupture.

Cold Compression Therapy
Doctors recommend using cold compression as soon as possible following an acute Achilles injury and re-injury to reduce pain and swelling and minimize tissue damage that occurs with soft tissue injuries like Achilles tendon tears and tendinitis.
Achilles Tendinitis Treatment with Cold Compression Wraps
The Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap(R) allows you to treat your acute Achilles tendonitis in an effective and convenient way.

Cold Compression Therapy works by interrupting 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 Achilles tendon 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. This is a very important step to heal acute Achilles tendonitis faster and with less pain!

The deep cooling effect provided by the Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap(R)slows cell metabolism thereby reducing cellular break-down and tissue damage. Furthermore, because the cold wraps serve to numb the nerves, the wraps also reduce pain! The Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap(R) uses a supercharged cooling gel pack with a medical-grade neoprene compression cover to keep the cold directly off your skin preventing cryoburn while delivering cold right where you need it – over your sore Achilles tendon.

Ultrasound Therapy
Ultrasound therapy is the most effective and pain-free way to reduce inflammation, soften scar tissue and promote faster healing of your Achilles tendon.
Ultrasound, effective treatment for your plantar fasciitis
During the healing process, scar tissue builds on your Achilles tendon and can attach the inner layers of the tendon to the surrounding paratenon that it glides through. This limits the flexibility and movement of the Achilles tendon, your foot and the gastrocnemius or soleus muscles in your calf. Fortunately, you can treat your Achilles tendon with therapeutic ultrasound to soften scar tissue and improve the gliding motion and flexibility of your Achilles tendon in the paratenon shealth.

Not only does ultrasound reduce inflammation, soften scar tissue and speed up the healing process, it also helps to prevent long term complications. Pain, lack of mobility, tendinosis, or a complete Achilles tendon rupture are some of the more common long term complications that can occur when Achilles tendinitis goes untreated. By treating your Achilles tendon with ultrasound, scar tissue becomes softer and the tissue becomes stronger reducing the risk of chronic problems in the future.

For those who suffer from long term Achilles injuries, ultrasound can help. Ultrasound therapy can help to break up scar and fibrous tissue that has built up over time on the Achilles tendon and restore elasticity to the tendon and flexibility in your ankle joint.
MendMeShop Lavender Infusion Gel enhances your ultrasound therapy to give your Achilles tendon the ultimate in scar tissue treatment and improved healing power.
Ultrasound can also be used to administer therapeutic medicines into the body. This is a process known as phonophoresis. Ultrasound with phonophoresis is rapidly becoming more popular than ultrasound therapy alone.

Using the MendMeShop(R) Lavender Infusion Gel during your ultrasound therapy gives you 2 therapies in 1. You get the benefit of the regenerating sound waves from the ultrasound device itself AND the added bonus of the therapeutic ingredients inside the gel being delivered into the tissue where it is most effective.

Lavender Infusion Ultrasound Gel contains the natural essential oils of Bulgarian lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and menthol and is exclusively available from MendMeShop(R). These ingredients reduce inflammation, relieve pain and improve blood circulation to your Achilles tendon. 1 bottle of MendMeShop(R) Lavender Infusion Ultrasound Gel comes FREE with every MendMeShop(R) Ultrasound System so you get unbeatable ultrasound therapy for your injured Achilles tendon.

MendMeShop(R)ultrasound therapy with phonophoresis is safe, convenient, and easy and generally requires between 5 – 10 minutes per treatment. It is based on a form of deep tissue therapy, which is generated through high frequency sound waves (that we can not hear). These waves send vibrations deep into your body and slightly increase the temperature of your soft tissue cells. The waves are delivered through a hand held transducer and conductive gel that are used together in a slow, circular motion on your skin over your Achilles tendon.

Blood Flow Stimulation TherapyMendMeShop Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap speeds the healing and elasticity of Achilles tendon collagen fibres.
Once the inflammation in your Achilles tendon has been reduced, nourishing and strengthening the tissue in the Achilles tendon and surrounding area is recommended.

Using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy, or BFST(R), will speed your recovery and heal your Achilles tendon more completely preparing it for strengthening exercises.

BFST(R) increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your ankle to nourish your Achilles tendon, ligaments and muscles, improving elasticity and accelerating the healing process.

The Achilles tendon receives a limited blood supply compared to other tendons in the body and this greatly reduces its natural ability to heal itself. By treating your Achilles tendon with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy you can increase your body’s blood supply to the ankle and increase your body’s natural healing power. In addition, the fresh blood flow whisks away dead cells and toxins that have built up from tendinitis leaving the area clean and able to heal faster. Our Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap(R) provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.
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With these 3 easy therapies you will notice incredible improvement in your tendon. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!

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Posted March 21, 2014 by jennettecrofton in Uncategorized

Achilles Tendonitis Pain | Causes, Symptoms & Treatment | Medi-Dyne®   Leave a comment

Achilles Tendonitis Pain | Causes, Symptoms & Treatment | Medi-Dyne®

Achilles Tendonitis Pain
The Achilles tendon attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis is a repetitive strain (overuse) injury involving lower leg muscles and tendons at the point where they attach to the bone, resulting in pain at the back of the ankle. Chronic overuse can lead to small tears within the tendon causing long-term weakening, making the tendon susceptible to rupture, which could result in a need for surgery. See our Achilles Tendonitis exercises for more information on how to help ease your pain.
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Causes of Achilles Tendonitis

Lack of flexibility and overpronation are two of the most common causes of chronic Achilles tendonitis. Achilles tendonitis may be caused by a single incident of overstressing the tendon, or it may result from a series of stresses that produce small tears over time (overuse). Other risk factors and causes of Achilles tendonitis include:
Poor conditioning
Overuse
Stressful surfaces
High-heels

Achilles Tendonitis Symptoms
Pain in the heel and tendon when walking/running
Pain and stiffness in the morning
Tendon hurts to touch or move
Warm or swollen area around heel and tendon
Trouble standing up on one toe

Prevention and Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis

As with all injuries, prevention is your best defense especially with injuries that are as painful and inconvenient as Achilles tendonitis. Options for how to prevent Achilles tendonitis include:
Stretching- Stretching properly, starting slowly, and increasing gradually will be critical if you want to avoid Achilles tendonitis. To help maintain flexibility in the ankle joint, begin each day with a series of stretches and be certain to stretch prior to, and after, any exercise or excessive physical activity.
Orthotics and Heel Support- Bio-mechanically engineered inserts and heel cups can be placed in your shoes to correct misalignments or bolster the support of your foot and are available without a prescription. The temporary heel padding that these provide reduces the length that the Achilles tendon stretches each time you step, making it more comfortable to go about your daily routine.
Proper Footwear- Low-heeled shoes with good arch support and shock absorption are best for the health of your foot. Look into heel wedges and other shoe inserts to make sure that your everyday foot mechanics are operating under ideal conditions.

Treatment options for Achilles tendonitis are focused on relieving suffering and promoting healing. If high heels are worn every day, stretching should be done every morning and night to keep the Achilles tendon lengthened.

Immediate Relief
Support
Cho-Pat(R) Achilles Tendon Strap- Helps reduce stress on the tendon to promote healing and relief. It reduces stress on the Achilles tendon by gently lifting the heel, and it can be worn in all shoes or barefoot.

Cushion
Tuli’s(R) Heavy Duty Heel Cups- Absorb shock and prevent unnecessary stretching of the tendon each time you step. This product provides relief by cushioning and elevating the heel bone to take pressure off the Achilles tendon. It absorbs shock and returns impact energy like the system naturally found in your feet and provides maximum protection in athletic shoes and cleats.

Long Term Healing

Stretch & Strengthen
ProStretch Plus(TM)- Calf and plantar fascia flexibility are critical to Achilles tendon health and healing. This product is proven effective to provide a deep, gradual stretch that increases flexibility. The ProStretch Plus is biomechanically engineered to enable a controlled and targeted stretch.
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Posted March 20, 2014 by jennettecrofton in Uncategorized

Achilles tendinitis Symptoms – Diseases and Conditions – Mayo Clinic   Leave a comment

Achilles tendinitis Symptoms – Diseases and Conditions – Mayo Clinic

SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic Staff
MultimediaIllustration showing Achilles tendinitisAchilles tendinitis

The pain associated with Achilles tendinitis typically begins as a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel after running or other sports activity. Episodes of more severe pain may occur after prolonged running, stair climbing or sprinting.

You might also experience tenderness or stiffness, especially in the morning, which usually improves with mild activity.

When to see a doctor

If you experience persistent pain around the Achilles tendon, call your doctor. Seek immediate medical attention if the pain or disability is severe. You may have a torn (ruptured) Achilles tendon.
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Frontera WR, et al. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Musculoskeletal Disorders, Pain, and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Saunders Elsevier; 2008. http://www.mdconsult.com/das/book/body/208746819-6/0/1678/0.html. Accessed Aug. 13, 2012.DeLee JC, et al. DeLee & Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: Principles and Practice. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Saunders Elsevier; 2010. http://www.mdconsult.com/books/about.do?about=true&eid=4-u1.0-B978-1-4160-3143-7..X0001-2–TOP&isbn=978-1-4160-3143-7&uniqId=230100505-57. Accessed Aug. 13, 2012.Carcia CR, et al. Achilles pain, stiffness and muscle power deficits: Achilles tendinitis. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 2010;40:A1.Ham P, et al. Achilles tendinopathy and tendon rupture. http://www.uptodate.com/index. Accessed Aug. 13, 2012.DefinitionCauses
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Posted March 17, 2014 by jennettecrofton in Uncategorized

NW Foot & Ankle   Leave a comment

NW Foot & Ankle
Foot Health / ProblemsSesamoiditis

Irritation, imbalance, or fracture of two small bones–sesamoids–near your big toe is a forefoot problem that may cause pain in some individuals. These two sesamoid bones, located on the underside of your foot, directly below your first metatarsal bone, are approximately the size of corn kernels and act like pulleys. Your sesamoid bones function like a kneecap–another type of sesamoid bone–for your big toe joint.

Your sesamoid bones provide a smooth surface over which your toe flexor tendons slide, and they improve the ability of these tendons to transfer force from your lower leg muscles to the proximal phalynx, or bone, of your big toe. The sesamoid bones under the base of your big toe also help bear some of your body weight, reducing the stress on other forefoot structures. Sesamoid bones, like the other bones in your body, can break, and the tendons that pass over these structures can cause soft tissue irritation and inflammation. Sesamoiditis is most commonly seen in runners, baseball catchers, and ballet dancers.

Condition Information

Special grooves on the bottom of your first metatarsal bone–the long, thin bone that connects your ankle bones to your big toe–accommodate your sesamoid bones. Your sesamoid bones may move out of their special grooves and begin wearing away cartilage and bone if you have flat feet, flexible feet, or bunions, or if your feet have undergone some of the various anatomical changes that can result from long-term conventional footwear use. Feet that are imbalanced or too flexible may place excessive pressure on your sesamoid bones and cause them to fracture.

Sesamoiditis may cause you to limp or walk on the outside aspect of your foot to help remove pressure from your painful involved area. Gait changes are a problematic compensation for this health problem, as they may cause pain and disability in one of your other joints, such as your knee, hip, or low back joints or some other part of your foot. You should always seek treatment as soon as possible if you suspect you have sesamoiditis.

Causes and Symptoms

Sesamoiditis is an overuse injury that involves chronic, or long-term, inflammation of your sesamoid bones and the tendons that act on these bones. In most cases, a sudden and excessive upward bending force on your big toe causes sesamoiditis, although wearing high heels and experiencing certain types of foot trauma may also contribute to your sesamoiditis.

Conventional footwear plays an important role in aggravating your sesamoids and their surrounding structures. Shoes with tapered toe boxes and toe spring can cause the sesamoids to become dislocated, causing dysfunction. (Click here for a video demonstration of this phenomenon). When your hallux, or big toe, is properly aligned with your first metatarsal bone, your sesamoids are also properly aligned and function as they’re intended to.

Sesamoiditis commonly involves a dull pain under your big toe joint that fails to resolve over time. Sesamoiditis-related pain is usually intermittent, or comes and goes, and may be worse when wearing certain shoes or participating in certain activities.

Some of the most common signs and symptoms associated with sesamoiditis include:
Pain focused under your big toe, on the ball of your foot
Pain in your affected area that develops gradually
Swelling and bruising
Impaired ability to bend or straighten your big toe

Treatment

Injured or inflamed sesamoid bones can be difficult to heal, as you put almost continuous pressure on these structures every time you stand or walk. Conservative care methods may be helpful in resolving your sesamoiditis. Conservative treatment techniques include:
Shoe therapy: Footwear that allows proper toe splay can help. For footwear suggestions, see our list of recommended shoes. Toe splay can be enabled with our toe spacing device, Correct Toes.
Immobilization: Your affected foot may be placed in a cast or removable walking cast to help rest your injured or irritated tissues. Crutches can help reduce the amount of force on your sesamoids.
Taping or strapping: Your involved toe may be taped or strapped to help reduce tension on your sesamoid bones.
Padding: A special pad may be placed inside your shoe to help cushion your sesamoid bones. A metatarsal pad helps return the fat pad in the ball of your foot to a place where it will protect your sesamoids.
Physical therapy (PT): PT is an important treatment measure for this health problem, especially following immobilization. Range-of-motion exercises and ultrasound therapy are among the most commonly used PT modalities for this health purpose.

Anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone injections, and certain types of surgery are more aggressive treatment measures for treating your sesamoiditis and may be necessary in some individuals. Your doctor may recommend surgery, including sesamoid bone removal, if conservative care measures fail to resolve your health problem.

Posted March 15, 2014 by jennettecrofton in Uncategorized

Plantar Fasciitis Stretches   Leave a comment

As an avid runner John used to spend about 60 minutes a day 5 days a week running. If the weather was good he used to wear his running gear and head out to Central-Park. Whenever the weather was bad outside he used to go to the fitness center and run on the treadmill. One morning John got up feeling pain on his feet as he stepped out of bed to the bath room. The pain wasn’t too strong but it was there. Before long the same pain was harder particularly whenever he got up and started to walk.

Heel pain is usually felt in two main sections of the heel, under the heel and in the back of the heel. In most cases, when people suffer from pain in the back of the heel it is related to overuse or inflammation of the Achilles tendon. When people suffer from plantar fasciitis pain, it can be caused by a person stepping on a large stone or rock which bruises the heel, or it can be caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia. A heel that is hurt by a sharp object will heal on its own over time.

Stretching is a very simple treatment – everyone can do it everywhere, no equipment is needed and no effort. Yet it is a very powerful plantar fasciitis treatment technique. There are many scientific medical research evidence that shown significant heel pain relief for groups that used to stretch on a regular basis. Make yourself a habit to stretch at least twice a day using two or more of the above exercises (no need for all of them) and your painful foot disorder will be gone much faster. A good stretching routine is a very strong base for a plantar fasciitis treatment plan.

Plantar fasciitis usually causes a sharp, stabbing pain on the inside of the bottom of the heel that can feel like an ice pick jabbing into your heel. Pain from plantar fasciitis is usually most severe when you first stand on your feet in the morning. Many people complain that the first step out of bed is the worst. Many also have pain as they get up and start to walk after sitting for a period of time while working at a desk or computer. This heel pain will usually subside as you walk, but can return with prolonged standing, walking or running.

A good exercise that you can perform before sitting up is to stretch your foot by moving it up and down ten times. An alternative exercise you should do while sitting is to roll a rolling pin or tennis ball with the arch of your foot. Once you can, move on to doing this exercise as you are standing up. After these exercises, put on your shoes with arch support inserts inside them, or wear supportive sandals. Don’t start the day walking without shoes on hard floors or tiles, or it can be guaranteed that your heel pain will come back.plantar fasciitis relief

Originally is was assumed that Plantar Fasciitis was just an inflammatory condition, however inflammation is only rarely the cause. Individuals with flat feet/no arches or very high arches are more prone to plantar fasciitis than individuals with normal arches. Other causes or risk factors for plantar fasciitis are sudden weight gain or obesity, long distance running, and poor arch support in shoes. I have extremely flat and pronated feet, had gained weight rapidly during each of my pregnancies and also didn’t get orthotic inserts regularly, choosing rather to try and extend the life of old supports.

The two muscles that we call the calves (Gastrocnemius and Soleus) attach to the heel via the Achilles Tendon. The Achilles Tendon wraps over the heel bone where it then becomes the Plantar Fascia. The Plantar fascia stretches across the bottom of the foot to the base of your toes. While we may think of these muscles and tendons as separate tissue structures , you can see by the picture that these structures are not separate They are one continuous fascial tissue structure. So you can imagine that tension in one will affect each of the others.

What is the value of this stretch? The plantar fascia runs the length of the foot from the heel bone (calcaneus) to the toes. During a running stride, the plantar fascia undergoes a rather sudden lengthening and then shortening during the landing phase – much like a rubber band that is suddenly stretched and then allowed to shorten. This ‘elastic’ event requires the plantar fascia to be sufficiently supple and strong to handle such stress without breaking down. Insufficient elasticity in the plantar fascia combined with the tendency to over-pronate (which puts extra stretch on the plantar fascia) is a nearly foolproof formula for pf problems.

Above were some of the plantar fasciitis treatment options. Whether the soreness is light or perhaps severe, it will always be recommended to look for consultation from your foot as well as ankle physician. He can look at things properly as well as recommend an individual the finest therapy for plantar fasciitis depending on your foot framework and the seriousness of pain. This may prevent further problems and also can help you come out of the discomfort swiftly. Bear in mind, like all the other areas of the body, feet are also important. In the end, they may be the ones which support you almost everywhere. About the Author

There are many treatment options for plantar fasciitis One of the most common treatment is through using the RICE system. This includes rest, ice, compression, elevation. This is used by many athletes and physical therapist to treat a wide variety of symptoms. Plantar fasciitis is no different, in that these techniques can dramatically improve symptoms of plantar fasciitis and reduce a lot of the pain associated with the condition. There other treatment options if this proves to be not enough, such as orthopedic inserts, night splints, and a wide range of products including massage products and rollers. plantar fasciitis brace

Posted March 11, 2014 by jennettecrofton in Uncategorized

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