Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis

A few days ago we posted about Achilles tendon injuries in football. One of the most common injuries in that area of the body is Achilles tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendon. When the Achilles tendon is used frequently (such as in football and other sports), this can cause wear and tear. People with Achilles tendonitis tend to experience pain and swelling in their heel and lower calf, which can get worse with more physical activity.

Here are some ways you can help treat Achilles Tendonitis:

  • Take a break from physical activities. If possible switch from high-impact activities, such as running, to low-impact activities such as biking and swimming. Rest if you find that pain increases.
  • Ice the inflamed area. Applying cold therapy can help reduce swelling and pain.
  • Stretch the area. Consult a doctor or physical therapist for proper stretches and exercise for your Achilles tendon.

Achilles Tendon Football Injuries

Football players are at exceptionally high risk for injuring their Achilles tendon because of the explosive acceleration and sharp changes in direction in football. Five year NFL veteran Jon Beason has never missed a game, but due to a torn Achilles tendon he’ll miss the rest of the 2011-2012 season. Before the regular season even started, more than 10 players league-wide had already suffered season-ending Achilles tendon tears.

Achilles injuries can happen to any athlete, from recreational to professional.  The Achilles tendon is located just above the heel and it helps attach the lower part of the calf to the bone in your heel. It helps your calf muscles work when running or walking, and it’s the largest and strongest tendon in the human body.

To help reduce risk of Achilles tendon tears and Achilles tendonitis, athletes are encouraged to strengthen and condition the muscles in the foot, stretch, and stay warmed up during games.  If you suffer from an Achilles tendon injury there are braces that can help stabilize the foot while you recover.

Wear the Aircast Airheel Ankle Brace for Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis and Heel Pain

The Aircast Airheel ankle brace is specifically designed to help treat heel pain and bottom of foot pain. When you wear this brace, it applies pulsating, pneumatic compression under the arch of your foot and on your Achilles tendon.

The Aircast AirHeel is equipped with two interconnected aircells, located under the foot arch and in back of the Achilles tendon. When you take a step, the first air chamber (under the arch) begins to collapse, thus reducing the stress to the plantar fascia (the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes). Air is forced into the chamber surrounding the Achilles tendon which then inflates. The inflated Achilles chamber applies compression to the Achilles tendon to reduce strain on the tendon.

This technology helps to minimize swelling and enhance circulation. It’s especially suited for people who suffer from plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. Here’s what our customers have to say about the Aircast Airheel ankle support:

“I had the most inflamed plantar fasciitis foot that my doctor had ever seen. This product in three weeks has brought me down to a much better place and has been very effective and comfortable.” – Allie

“I’ve had heel pain for years… bursitis, heel spurts, and plantar fasciitis… throughout my international basketball career, and this brace has made the pain disappear. I feel like I’ve never had heel pain before! Thank you!” – Lou

“I had severe plantar fasciitis and had a lot of trouble with it. I bought an Aircast Airheel. Within two weeks I was healed! No pain at all. Great product – I just ordered three more so I can keep one in my motorcoach and different homes.” – Robert

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis or other types of foot pain, check out our braces for foot injuries.