Inflammation is not the most common cause of tendon pain. Rather, many small (micro) tears in the connective tissue around the tendon is the more common cause of tendon pain; this condition is sometimes termed as tendinosis. Note that we are not including tendon tears or ruptures - they are another matter altogether! Tendinopathy is becoming the term more commonly used by experts to describe tendonitis (inflammation) and tendinosis (small tears in surrounding tissue) together, as it is common for both conditions to occur collectively.
Causes and Treatment for Tendinopathy
Overuse and repeated movements (RSI), sudden injuries, slow degeneration or just aging can all cause tendinopathy. Remember that healing is slow, and proper recovery is important to get your tendon back to proper health and avoid reinjury. Ultrasound treatment is quickly becoming very popular for treating this problem, as results have been very positive as long as the patient (1) keeps the area inactive throughout the healing process and (2) sticks to the treatment properly until healing has completed.
Ultrasound is great for tendonitis because the patient can treat themselves continuously without delay, as would happen if they went to a therapist for all their ultrasound treatments.
Patients with chronic tendonitis are instructed to avoid activities that aggravate the condition, as the tendon will not heal properly if it is constantly stressed through overuse. Occasionally, physicians performed surgery on patients or gave them injections of corticosteroids, but this is invasive and is a method of last resort.
Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
You can help your body repair itself by speeding its natural healing process with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®). During normal activities, the movement promotes blood flow through our body. Our body responds to the movement by sending oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the muscles, joints, tendons and other soft tissue in the body. When at rest, the blood flow to your plantar fascia is greatly reduced. Unfortunately, when your fascia is injured it requires rest but it also needs the blood flow to promote the healing process. Since you can't work your foot without danger of further injury, you need to stimulate the blood flow another way. Our innovative Inferno Wrap® gives you the best Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy available. The Plantar/Spur Inferno Wrap® creates energy waves that stimulate blood flow by penetrating through the outer layers of your foot. The energy waves reach deep into your plantar fascia, reducing your pain as they heal the inner tissue.
An Inferno Wrap® gives you unparalleled blood flow stimulation to your injured tendon. You simply won't find a comparable product on the market. Other therapy products can not come close to offering the comfortable, contoured fit and targeted energy treatment an Inferno Wrap® provides. You will experience a soothing, penetrating warmth deep in the tissue as it works to stimulate your blood flow, we guarantee it. Now you can reduce your pain and heal yourself with the comfortable, light weight Inferno Wrap®.
The Inferno Wrap® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief with no side effects.
When your tendon has healed somewhat and it comes time for more aggressive rehabilitation, stretching and activity, BFST® warms the muscles in the injured area which increases range of motion and allows for a safer more thorough stretch.
Ultrasound Therapy is also a great tool for pain prevention of tendonitis or healing a tendon tear, and having a portable ultrasound device at home can be a powerful and convenient treatment tool. If you have symptoms of tendonitis or are recovering from a tendon injury, using ultrasound on a regular basis before your activity or throughout the day will help relax your tendons and muscles, diminish pain and inflammation, soften scar tissue and contribute greatly to the healing of your injury.
Therapeutic Ultrasound micro-massages your soft tissue giving you three primary benefits. First, it increases blood flow in the treated area which speeds your body's natural healing process. Second, it reduces swelling and edema which are the main sources of pain. Third, ultrasound softens existing scar tissue and minimizes the build up of new scar tissue resulting in reduced pain while healing and greater flexibility once healing is complete.
Ultrasound can also be used to administer therapeutic medicines into the body. This is a process known as phonophoresis. Ultrasound with Phonophoresis is rapidly becoming more popular than Ultrasound Therapy alone. Our MendMeShop® Lavender Infusion Gel is the only topical therapeutic gel that is also a Phonophoretic Ultrasound Gel.
It is made with natural medical ingredients including eucalyptus, peppermint, Bulgarian lavender and menthol. These effective ingredients have anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, decongestant, and circulatory stimulant properties. When applied topically and massaged into the skin, MendMeShop® Lavender Infusion Gel relieves pain and speeds healing without any side-effects.
Complete Cold Compression Therapy with Freezie Wrap®
Our cold compression Freezie Wrap® work by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function in the area of your injured tendon. Once blood vessels are damaged they can no longer carry oxygenated blood to the damaged tissue and therefore cells begin to break-down. The deep cold provided by our cold compression wraps slows cell function thereby reducing cellular break-down. Furthermore, because the cold wraps serve to numb the nerves, the wraps also reduce pain!
Cooling your foot and heel area 2-3 times/day for approximately 15 - 20 minutes at a time to help reduce blood flow and fluid build up in your foot. Freezie Wrap® gel packs cooled in the fridge are a better option than frozen peas or ice, as there is no risk of cryoburn (cold burn) on your skin. In addition, the wrap allows you to adjust the compression to a comfortable level for your foot.
We have noticed over time that our customers are so fond of our cold wraps that they are frequently coming back and ordering a second one - this way they can cool one while wearing the other. The wraps are becoming very popular with baseball and soccer trainers, and the wraps can be conveniently stored in a cooler for quick application on the field when needed.