Night splint for Achilles Tendinitis

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  • Charity Lynne Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 250 lbs
    • 5' 8"
    • Kirkwood.pa
    19
    Apr2017
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Repeat injury? Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Stretching, Supportive Shoes, Night splint, Strengthening Exercises, Massage, Cortisone Injection, Ice, Physical Therapy
      Not Improved
      Rest

    I have sprained both ankles n broke my right ankle twice. I use voltarin cream n aspran cream n rub n exercise daily but still extremely painful they stay swollen. Affects my walking badly


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 150 lbs
    • 5' 2"
    • Waianae, HI
    26
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Runner No
    • Doctor/Care Giver Dr Aki

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Cast, Stretching, Supportive Shoes, Heel Lifts, Brace, Night splint, Rest, Massage, Ice, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Boot, Compression Socks
      Worsened
      Physical Therapy, Strengthening Exercises

    Torn Achilles n tendon under my ankle..both on my rt ft...didn't know I injured it in july 2014 the same time I tore my lateral n medial meniscus in my rt knee...Feb 2015 I slipped in my shower n hit the back of my ft n felt som major pain that mde my cry..the nxt day I slightly twisted my ft n it swelled up..2 wks later still swollen n I had difficulty walking on it..saw a dr..nothing got done til April when I went to the ER n an x-ray was taken..was put in a cast for a month..a boot n therapy for a month..therapy didn't work..put back in a boot..an MRI showed it was torn n also torn tendon..aftr being in a boot for 5 mos..surgery suggested in Oct.but nothing was scheduled..saw my dr again n pre-op was scheduled Feb 19th..no surgery scheduled..pre-op expired n still nothing...hav to use the boot still or slippers w fat heels n walking far makes it worse..frustrated...don't know why my drs office hasn't scheduled my surgery..sooo frustrated!! Tried running...no can do..dancing..as long as I don't put pressure I'm good...have to drive using my toes..long walks causes lots of pain...just adds to the frustration!!


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  • Beth Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • NC
    18
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Runner No
    • Doctor/Care Giver Many!!

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Massage, Night splint, Supportive Shoes, Stretching
      Not Improved
      Rest
      Worsened
      Cortisone Injection

    2.5 yrs of hell! That, bone spurs and the plantar stuff, mostly in right foot after I returned to teaching on cement floors. Slept in a tennis shoe for a while to keep my tendon/muscle from drawing up at night. Kept it stretched out. Had a pair of crutches by my bed to use after first getting up. The foot brace was too bulky. Had to go to shoes without backs in them, like Crocs. Helped a lot, but my principal hated me wearing them...not professional, he said! Used gel pads in shoes that would hold them. Little help from 2 podiatrists and an orthopedic surgeon. Still feel twinges every now and then, and it scares me to death that it is returning! Retired now and can rest and elevate my feet more. Been going to chiropractor for my knees and I see that they have treatments for feet now. I will definitely try them if problems return!!!


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  • 17
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Runner No

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Surgery
      Improved
      Boot, Supportive Shoes, Strengthening Exercises, Physical Therapy
      Not Improved
      Rest, Stretching, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Brace, Ice
      Worsened
      Night splint, Heel Lifts, Platelet Rich Plasma Injection, Orthotics

    Tendon deteriorated with no specific injury to start the process. 2 years of pain and lots of PT and one PRP injection (was pure hell) that didn't help and made it more sore. 2nd opinion finally and the surgeon recommended a 'strayer' procedure on my calf to lengthen the muscle and take the pressure off my tendon. That worked about 80%. I can walk now and if I over do it - it gets sore. But way better than before the surgery. My tendon has scar tissue on it but is working and I can function again.


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 200 lbs
    • 5' 7"
    • Dublin, GA
    15
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Runner No
    • Doctor/Care Giver Dr. Deeves

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Compression Socks, Orthotics, Supportive Shoes
      Not Improved
      Strengthening Exercises, Stretching, Night splint, Rest, Boot, Acupuncture, Massage, Ice, Physical Therapy, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs
      Worsened
      Dry Needling

    Pain started in bottom of foot Progressed to back of heel and spur formed. Tried cortizone pills, dry needling, physical therapy, and night splint along with orthotic shoes. No long-term success with any treatment.


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  • 14
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes
    • Runner No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Rest, Stretching
      Not Improved
      Night splint, Supportive Shoes

    Really in pain in am and when rising after sitting. Got some oofos shoes that help!

    Tried splint at nite. Going to get the wrap. Use a pain rub and get some relief.


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  • 14
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 0-4 hours
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes
    • Runner No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Rest, Stretching
      Not Improved
      Night splint, Supportive Shoes

    Really in pain in am and when rising after sitting. Got some oofos shoes that help!

    Tried splint at nite. Going to get the wrap. Use a pain rub and get some relief.


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  • Anonymous Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    • 180 lbs
    • 5' 6"
    • Portland, OR
    13
    Apr2016
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? No
    • Runner No
    • If Runner? change in mileage or terrain No

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice
      Not Improved
      Boot, Orthotics, Rest, Night splint, Heel Lifts, Supportive Shoes, Stretching

    I was walking 3 miles in 45 minutes and strained my Achilles. It has gotten worse and worse over the years. Now it is in both feet and I am on disability


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  • 10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Rest, Night splint, Eccentric Protocol, Other

    I've struggled with Achiles issues since I started tri's / running (2009). Got through last year and IMMOO, but had a flare-up in the last week or so.

    I dialed back my running, but kept at it. If your pain allows do shorter runs for a week or two (3 miles or so). You won't lose much run fitness. After a week or so, see if you can do a day or 2 of 2x the runs.

    Slowly rebuild from there. You have plenty of time to hit top form for August, but you gotta take the steps now to correct it.

    Are you doing your heel drops with a weighted backpack? If not, start it now. Otherwise you are wasting your time with the exercise.

    You mentioned pain while riding...are your cleats all the way back (towards the heel)? If not, do it now. Helps alleviate stress on the Achilles while riding.

    Get a wobble board and do one-legged stands on it. Get a balance pad and do one-legged squats. Anything to help stabilize the kinetic chain of your leg.

    Strongly suggest looking into run / walk as well. Start off at 3-4 min run / 1 min walk. Work your way up to 1 mile run / 1 min walk. This conveniently comes close to the aid station placement for a HIM. It will help alleviate the stress on your calf while running and give it a chance to relax.

    I have found a heating pad to be therapeutic, as well as a night splint. Swimming was also massively therapeutic for me, so take this time to up your swimming.


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  • 10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Ice, Massage, Rest, Night splint, Eccentric Protocol

    Here's an excellent article on Achilles Tendonitis http://www.runningwritings.com/2013/11/achilles-tendonitis-in-runners.html. Note that insertional tendonitis is different than normal tendonitis.

    The eccentric heel drop is the #1 treatment plan available.

    Consider getting a stick, such as https://www.thestick.com/. You should be able to find one at your local running store. It'll hurt like a bitch, but getting rid of knots and trigger points helps keep your calves loose. Loose calves means less strain on your tendons.

    There isn't much evidence that stretching the calf helps if you're already injured. It can actually be detrimental, especially if the stretch itself is painful.
    Don't forget RICE (rest ice compression elevation). Adhere some ice, jump on the couch and throw your legs over the back rest like a bum.

    Consider a soft tissue therapy clinic if one is available in your area. Airrosti is popular where I'm at.

    They are typically only recommended for chronic achilles tendonitis, but a night splint such as the one you mentioned helps keep your muscles loose while you sleep. A popular model on this forum is http://www.amazon.com/Strassburg-Sock-Regular-Size-Around/dp/B001AW3O00/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1389025111&sr=1-1&keywords=strassburg+sock. I won't lie, its uncomfortable.

    Your body does most of its healing at night. Grab some sort of rope (bath robe belt, etc) to do a light stretch before you get out of bed. This isn't a hard stretch to improve flexibility, but rather a light stretch to loosen up the muscle before you take you first steps in the morning. As my local podiatrist told me, "you can undo an entire night of healing in a few steps if your calves aren't ready"


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  • Cara Achilles Tendinitis

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Ice, Rest, Night splint, Taping, Stretching

    Consistent icing and stretching has worked well for me, although mine is only just resolving after a year as well. Also, wearing a heel splint at night. Before my marathon a week ago, my chiro applied k-tape to the achilles, and amazingly, I ran the race without a trace of pain there!!

    That said, it's an injury that takes a loooong time to heal because of its location and the lack of vascularity in tendons.


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  • 10
    Feb2016
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
    • Runner Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured