Acute Ankle Tendonitis
Tendinitis (also spelled tendonitis) is the term used when a tendon is inflamed. The term acute tendinitis of the ankle refers to inflammation and pain in one of the tendons in the ankle, often the peroneal or posterior tibial tendons, that comes on suddenly or within a few days, usually due to a tendon strain or overloading the tendon during exercise.
In the case of acute tendonitis in the ankle, most individuals can identify an injury or specific event that caused a strain or tearing of an ankle tendon. When the fibers of a tendon are torn, they become inflamed and swollen causing pain and tenderness in the area which can also result in difficulty flexing the foot during regular movements, such as walking and jumping.
Acute Ankle Tendinitis Causes
Acute ankle tendonitis pain may be caused by:
- Improper stretching before and after running and jumping exercises.
- Poor foot mechanics (i.e. high arches).
- Inflexible tendons (i.e. tendon with scar tissue from previous injury, aging, or wear and tear).
- Playing sports or training on uneven surfaces or a change in terrain (i.e. hills).
- Participating in activities or sports that involve repetitive ankle movements.
Ankle Tendinitis Symptoms
If you are suffering from acute ankle tendinitis you will most likely be experiencing:
- A burning sensation along the tendon.
- Swelling along the tendon and possibly up the leg after activity.
- Sharp pain at the beginning of activity that decreases in intensity as exercise progresses.
- Pain that returns after exercise or after long periods of inactivity.
- An unsteady gait (instability in the foot).
- Pain that becomes most significant when pushing off or jumping.
- Stiffness and pain in the tendon when you wake up in the morning.
- Tendon is tender and warm to the touch.
- The tendon is irritated by heat but feels good when treated with cold compression and rest.
Ankle Injury Treatments
Allowing your ankle to rest is always recommended when you are suffering from a sprain, fracture, tendinitis, bursitis or other ankle injury. During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort in your ankle until the pain and inflammation settle.
Fortunately, there are healing tools that can help treat your ankle injury to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation while speeding up the healing process so you can get back to a life without pain and risk of further injury.
Cold Compression Therapy
Doctors recommend using cold compression as soon as possible following an ankle injury, like a sprain, and after any re-injury. This will reduce pain and swelling and minimize tissue damage that occurs with soft tissue injuries like tendon tears and tendinitis.
The Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® treats pain and swelling in an effective and convenient way.
The wrap is adjustable which 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 strandard freezer gel packs.
With ColdCure Technology® Technology of our uniquely designed gel packs, you can also wear the Freezie Wrap® for longer treatments so you can enjoy even more relief from your ankle pain!
Cold Compression Therapy works by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function in the injured area and reducing swelling that can block blood vessels. This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through your ankle ligaments and tendons and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells do not get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal your ankle faster and with less pain!
The deep cooling effect provided by the Ankle/Achilles Freezie Wrap® gives you the fast, effective relief your sore ankle has been looking for!
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Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™
Once inflammation has been reduced, nourishing and strengthening the tendon or ligament tissue and surrounding area is recommended.
Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™, or BFST®, will speed your recovery and heal your ankle more completely preparing them for strengthening exercises.
BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your ankle to nourish your tendons and ligaments, improving elasticity and accelerating the healing process.
Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ treatments increase your body's natural healing power. In addition, the fresh blood flow whisks away dead cells and toxins that have built up from tendonitis and tissue damage leaving the area clean and able to heal faster. Our Ankle/Achilles Inferno Wrap® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.
Continued use of BFST® even after your ankle has healed will help to maintain the health of the ligaments and tendons in your ankle and prepare them for any activities you enjoy.
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With these easy-to-use, home therapies you will notice incredible improvement in your ankle. You will have less pain and stronger tendons to get yourself back on your feet again. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!
NOTE: We recommend that you consult your doctor and/or physiotherapist before using any of our outstanding products, to make sure they're right for you and your condition.
Please be aware that this information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider before starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.