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.

Aircast Accessories for Walking Braces

Because our feet carry the weight of our entire body, foot injuries can be a major hindrance to daily activities. Just getting around from room to room can be a painful experience without added support, which is why many doctors recommend patients wear a medical walking boot after foot injuries or surgery.

If you ever find yourself wearing a walking brace, keep in mind that there are many accessories to help make the healing process easier. Here are three of our favorite accessories for walking boots that we sell on BetterBraces.com:

Aircast Sock Liner – A soft and comfortable replacement liner to keep your foot warm and comfortable when wearing your Aircast walking brace. Helps reduce skin irritation and rashes.

ProCare Evenup Shoe Balancer – If you ever put on your walking brace to find that your other leg is now shorter, look no further! The ProCare Evenup Shoe Balancer is designed to help equalize your limb length. It’s easy to put on and reduces strain on your body.

Aircast Heel Wedge – Designed to be inserted into Aircast walking boots to provide additional Achilles tendon support. You can adjust the number of heel wedges used to the amount of support you desire.

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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.

Do I need a walker boot?

Do I need a walker boot?

You’ll definitely need to talk with your doctor if you think you might be in need of a walker boot, often referred to as a walking brace.  The reason we suggest you talk to your doctor is you could have a small fracture and not even realize it, so x-rays are typically needed to properly diagnose your injury.

That being said, there is a variety of walking braces and supports available on the market, each designed for different ailments and different treatments. For instance, someone suffering from a foot trauma can wear a walking brace after the operation to help it heal. There are also walking supports designed to provide stability to ankles damaged by acute sprains.

Learn more about the types of walker boots available to you…