ACHILLES TENDONITIS / SEVER’S DISEASE

Ideal for

  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Soccer
  • Dance
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Hiking
  • Walking

Achilles Tendonitis effects 4% of the population and is
inflammation or degradation of the tendon on the back of the
heel and calf. This muscle and tendon group when contracting
is responsible for causing the heel to rise from the ground,
propelling our body forward when walking, running and
jumping. The Achilles also works to lower the heel to the ground when landing from a jump.

There are several causes of Achilles Tendon irritation such as
muscle imbalance, muscle tightness, foot type, a change or
increase in activity, worn shoes, and of course direct
injury/strain or compression. This inflammation can occur at
the back of the heel bone (calcaneus) described as “insertional”
tendonitis, or higher up along the tendon just below the ankle bones, called “mid substance” tendonitis.

Sever’s Disease is pain resulting from the pull of the Achilles
Tendon on a growth plate on the calcaneus (heel bone) which
occurs during a growth spurt. Essentially, our bones grow
slightly faster than the muscles, causing increased tension
where the muscle attaches. This condition can be VERY
painful, however it is self-limiting and will resolve once the muscles “catch up” to the bones.

Therapy and movement restrictions for each type of Achilles
tendonitis is slightly different. Modified activity along with
attempts at normalizing tendon stress is paramount.
The Tendon Trak™ is the ideal treatment solution for Achilles
tendonitis and Sever’s disease. It’s patented method of
support allows for the tendon to work with more anatomical
normalcy resulting in increased efficiency and decreased pain.
Because the support is directed at the Achilles Tendon and not

the foot ( like a heel lift or boot), the normalcy of the foot
movement is maintained allowing for unaltered foot mechanics
preventing imbalance at the knee, hip or spine. This technique
is supported by the Royal London Hospital Test which is
utilized in the diagnosis of Achilles Tendonitis.

Because of the low profile nature of the Tendon Trak™ and the
minimal force required to provide support, the Tendon Trak™ is
ideal for individuals wanting to return to running, jumping,
soccer, dance, basketball, volleyball, hiking and walking.
Please see video and directions for application and placement.

Play Video

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 growth plate matures or the muscle lengthens decreasing the stress on its insertion into bone.

The treatment of these conditions initially includes removal from the increased stress which has been placed on Achilles structure. This may be accomplished by changing footware or adding the heel lift to the shoes. 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 the 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, the 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.