If someone does a physical activity to excess they strain the muscle(s) that was/are overused. This can happen to a retired person working in their garden too hard, or to a well-trained athlete who is pushing themselves too hard. This problem is commonly seen in the "weekend warrior" athlete who sits at a desk all week and then plays softball or tennis all day on the weekend. The resultant muscle strain (mild tear) creates inflammation and pain. This strain usually occurs near the end of the muscle where it attaches to a bone or blends into its tendon, creating a condition known as acute tendinitis. This condition could also be created if the muscle is strained from trauma such as a fall or misstep.
When treating acute tendinitis rest the area, apply cold compression for 10-20 minutes at a time, as needed throughout the day. Do this to the injured area for the first 72 hours following the initial injury and whenever a flare up or re-injury occurs. A Freezie Wrap® is the best option to receive this type of treatment. The adjustable wrap allows you to control the compression to a level that is comfortable for you and the gel packs are chilled in the fridge not the freezer. This eliminates the risk of cryoburn, or 'cold burns', on your skin that can be cause by ice and freezer gel packs. You can also wear the Freezie Wrap® for longer treatments so you can enjoy even more relief from your plantar pain.
Ultrasound therapy not only kick starts the healing process, it also treats the scar tissue that begins to form on your tendon as it heals. Ultrasound therapy will naturally "work" the tendon, increasing its flexibility while softening and breaking down scar tissue - which is not something you want on your tendon. This is an important step in your recovery as scar tissue that is left untreated makes a tendon stiff and weak. You will have less movement in the tendon, more soreness and a tendon that is prone to injury. Even with optimum healing there is always less elasticity in a previously injured tendon. The trick is to make sure you heal this the best you can, that way your chance of re-injury down the road is much lower than average - which is well over 50%.
Blood flow stimulation therapy, or BFST®, is recommended for use after the acute swelling has improved. The increased blood flow with speed the healing of the tendon while improving the health of any surrounding tissue. An Inferno Wrap® is one of the most helpful tools for healing an injured tendon. Through the absorption of high energy waves, tissues are safely and gently heated - stimulating blood flow within the heal. Your body's natural response to this increased temperature is to try to maintain a condition of homeostasis - a balanced environment or state of equilibrium throughout the body. To do this, your body responds with a rapid increase in blood flow to the area, increasing the supply of nutrients to injured cells and flushing out toxins to promote healing. Our Inferno Wraps® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief with no side effects.
A cold compression Freezie Wrap® will reduce the initial inflammation and swelling. Therapeutic ultrasound will treat your scar tissue. The Inferno Wrap® circulates blood through the area to speed the healing process. These 3 therapies will treat tendinitis and improve the health of your tendon.