Achilles tendinopathy is a painful condition that can render a person uncomfortable at best and immobile at worst. It can happen to anyone, but there are certain factors that put you at greater risk. Understanding the causes of Achilles tendinopathy is crucial if you want to avoid getting it, and also very helpful for treating it. What is Achilles Tendinopathy?  Achilles tendinopathy is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon. While inflammation is the result of this condition, it’s usually not the reason it causes you so much pain. Typically, you experience the inflammation associated with this condition after tearing your tendon. It’s the tear that causes the subsequent inflammation, which causes great pain and distress for the patient. What Causes Achilles Tendinopathy?  The cause of Achilles tendinopathy is almost always overuse. In other words, using the tendon too much or putting too much strain on it can cause it to Continue reading →

Orthopedic braces are a fairly common, but are often a misunderstood part of recuperative medicine. Typically, they’re used to immobilize joints and allow them to heal in an effective position. This way muscles, tendons and ligaments receive the right amount of blood flow and avoid movements that may aggravate or worsen existing injuries. In some cases, the right braces can even help with recovering full range of movement after a surgical procedure. What is a Brace Orthopedic braces are objects made of rigid materials, such as hard plastics, and soft materials such as spandex or other tightly-knit fabrics designed to inhibit the movement of a joint. The purpose of a brace is to ensure that a joint is unable to move beyond a certain range of motion, or in some cases at all. This ensures all connective tissues get the chance to heal properly. Unlike a cast, a brace can Continue reading →