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Achilles Tendon - David Beckham will miss the World Cup. Could his injury have been avoided?
David Beckham's World Cup dream is over after the England footballer suffered a ruptured Achilles Tendon. Pain Control look at the more common Achilles injury - Achilles Tendonitis and offer advice on how the injury can be avoided.
By: Martin Roche
Achilles tendonitis is tendonitis of the Achilles tendon, generally precipitated by overuse of the affected limb and is more common among athletes training under less than ideal conditions. It should not be confused with xanthoma of the tendon, which is the accumulation of cholesterol in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia.
Treatment is possible with ice, cold compression therapy, wearing heel pads to reduce the strain on the tendon, and an exercise routine designed to strengthen the tendon.
Seeing a professional for treatment as soon as possible is important, because this injury can lead to an Achilles tendon rupture with continued overuse.
Treatment may include Cold compression therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, ultrasound therapy, manual therapy techniques, a rehabilitation program, and in rare cases, application of a plaster cast. Steroid injection is sometimes used, but must be done after very careful, expert consideration because it can increase the risk of tendon rupture. Severe cases may require surgery from an orthopaedic surgeon or podiatric surgeon.
Avoiding Achilles Tendonitis
1. Wearing the correct footwear and sports shoes can help prevent Achilles Tendonitis
2. Warm up before stretching and exercising
3. Strengthening the leg muscles, especially the calf muscles can help avoid Achilles tendonitis.
4. Test for injuries after exercise. If is possible to check for Achilles Tendonitis by pinching the Achilles tendon. This may help avoid severe injury
Pain Control products
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1. Tendon Protector
2. Silicone Gel Heel Cups
3. Silicone Gel Covered Insoles
4. Full Length Silicone Gel Covered Insoles
5. Plantar Fasciitis Night Splint
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