TENDON TRAK™ ACHILLES
ACHILLES TENDONITIS SEVER'S DISEASE
The Achilles tendon is the large tendon located in the back of the ankle. It is a combination of the Gastrocnemeus and Soleus muscles and inserts on the back of the heel. When contracting, this muscle and tendon group is responsible for causing the heel to raise from the ground, causing propulsion when walking, running and jumping. It also works to lower the heel to the ground when landing from a jump. Because of various factors including a change in activity, worn shoes, muscle imbalance or tightness, or even following periods of immobilization, this tendon can become inflamed and painful.
When the Achilles is irritated, discomfort typically is located behind the heel where the tendon inserts on the bone, or occasionally about the tendon itself. This pain often is worse after periods of inactivity such as prolonged sitting or early in the morning, or increased with activities stressing the tendon. When inflammed, the pain experienced can be debilitating resulting in a change in gait altering the mechanics of other joints in the leg as well as the spine. If the inflammation becomes chronic in nature, the cellular structure of the tendon itself changes, sometimes resulting in a nodule in the substance of the tendon.
Sever's Disease is an irritation of the back of the calcaneus ( heel ) at a growth plate where the Achilles tendon inserts. This condition is brought on by a rapid growth spurt occuring in adolecence causing an increase in pull of the tendon on the bone. The result is discomfort which is experienced without an increase in activity, however usually worsened by activities requiring running, jumping, or squatting such as soccer, baseball, basketball or dance. Because this condition is secondary to a growth spurt, it is typically self limiting and the symptoms resolve once the growth plate matures or the muscle lengthens decreasing the stress on its insertion into the bone.
The treatment of these conditions initially includes removal from the increased stress which has been placed on the Achilles structure. This may be accomplished by changing footware or adding a heel lift to the shoes. The application of heat or ice may be indicated to assist with calming down the inflammation depending on the stage of irritation. Physical Therapy may also be useful which would include a stretching program, a specific strengthening regimen, along with instruction on strategies of movement modification.
The Tendon Trak is the only device available which will provide immediate relief for people with tendonitis of the Achilles or children suffering from Sever's Disease. Because the Achilles Tendon is a very well defined structure, the Tendon Trak, about the ankle, can be used either directly against the skin or over a sock. The Tendon Trak will not slide up or down on the tendon, nor will it hinder a sports specific shoe.
What makes the Tendon Trak unique is the method in which it supports the Achilles. With its two approximating pads, the Tendon Trak supports the Achilles from both sides of the tendon in a patented, very comfortable, low profile manner. This gentle support decreases the stress about the Achilles tendon and also its insertion at the back of the heel allowing for increased function and immediate decrease in pain.