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More Tendon Facts:

Tenosynovitis is a condition affecting the sheath that surrounds a tendon. In many cases, the sheath encounters tearing due to inflammation of the underlying tendon. The majority of tenosynovitis sufferers are female.


A fully ruptured Tendon REQUIRES surgery. It will not heal on its own.


Except for a fully ruptured tendon, Tendonitis can almost always be cured without surgery.


Left untreated, tendonitis can be extremely debilitating and lead to life long complications.


Continually using your Tendon while it is injured will lead to a worse injury.


To Heal as fast as possible use conservative treatment options at home such as:

Rest
Use an Ice Pack to Get Swelling Down
Use a Deep Heat Therapy at Home Once Swelling is Down
Treat the Injury Well Beyond the Point When the Pain Disappears

 

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What is Peroneal (Ankle) Tendonitis

When You Roll Your Ankle and the Pain is on the Outside of the Foot, You Have Most Likely Strained the Peroneal Tendons

 
Peroneal Tendonitis is the Most Common Form of Ankle Tendonitis, and Has a Pain Pattern Along the External Side of the Ankle.

You might be suffering from Peroneal Tendinitis if you have:

  • Pain on the outside of your foot (lateral) that can run up to your lower leg.
  • Increased pain with activity, less pain when resting.
  • Weakness when rotating your foot outward (eversion) or inward (inversion).
  • Foot Instability.
  • Increased Arch Height.

Peroneal Tendon - Location & Function

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There are a number of tendons (fibrous tissue that connect muscle to bone) in the foot which help to control movement while you are walking or running. Two ankle tendons commonly injured are the peroneus longus and the peroneus brevis, and together, these are known as the peroneal tendons.

These 2 long tendons have acquired this name because they harness most, if not all, the strength pertaining to the outside of the leg/ankle. The peroneal tendons are important tendons because they prevent the foot from rolling and causing a lateral (inversion) ankle sprain. The superior peroneal retinaculum and inferior peroneal retinaculum ligaments run over top of the 2 peroneus tendons holding them close to the calcaneus (heel bone). If these 2 tendons were cut, you would have no ability to prevent your foot from turning inward when you walk, effectively causing constant ankle rolling. If these tendons are overstrained and too long, you will find the same thing happening - you will be frequently having ankle inversion sprains.

Peroneal tendons are long, attaching to outer leg muscles then running behind and underneath the bone (fibula) on the outside of the ankle. For some people, injury can cause the natural holding structure to fail and allow these tendons to slip over the bone. In such cases, this is usually called a peroneal tendon dislocation. When they slip into this position the peroneal tendons become slightly weaker than the muscles and tendons on the inside of the ankle. Due to this (you probably guessed it), you are more likely to roll your ankle inward and sprain it on a frequent basis.

The "Peroneal Tendon" is actually a name give to two tendons: the Peroneus Longus and the Peroneus Brevis. Together, they are harness all the strength pertaining to the outside of the ankle (this is known as "lateral ankle strength")



Peroneal Tendonitis, Peroneal Tears, and Tenosynovitis

Peroneal Tendon Dislocation (subluxation) or Tearing may occur in one or both of these tendons. This leads to pain, swelling, sensitivity and a sense of instability behind the outside of the ankle. They can also pop out of the supporting ligaments that hold them in place which is called a dislocation. Once this occurs, continuous or recurrent dislocation and tearing may occur without immediate attention and repair. Stitching and at the worst, tendon replacement may be required for patients suffering from torn or dislocated peroneal tendon(s).

Peroneal tendonitis (tendinitis) is inflammation of the peroneal tendons located on the outside of the ankle.

Peroneal tendonitis (also spelled tendinitis) is the inflammation and irritation of one or both of the peroneal tendons. Like all forms of tendonitis, peroneal tendonitis is a condition that may flare up and subside over a period of time.

Peroneal tendinitis is usually caused by repetitive use of the tendons, but can also be caused by trauma such as a rolled or sprained ankle. Little tears in the peroneus longus tendon and the peroneus brevis tendon irritate the tendon fibers resulting in pain and inflammation.

Peroneal tenosynovitis is swelling and inflammation of the peroneal tendons' sheaths (or coverings) which prevents the tendons from gliding smoothly within the sheaths causing pain. It can be experienced at the same time of peroneal tendonitis, and has similar symptoms. It often results in trouble moving the ankle and will feel sore to the touch. In rare cases, tenosynovitis can be caused by infection, so it is always recommended to check with your doctor to rule this out as a cause.

Tearing of the peroneus longus tendon and/or the peroneus brevis tendon can occur. This leads to pain, swelling, sensitivity and a sense of instability in the ankle. The tendon(s) can also pop out of the supporting ligaments that hold them in place (superior peroneal retinaculum and inferior peroneal retinaculum ligaments) which is known as dislocation.



Who is Most at Risk of a Peroneal Tendon Injury?

  • People who play sports or do activates that involve repetitive ankle movements.
  • People who participate in activities such as running on uneven surfaces, racket sports, basketball, hiking, or skiing.
  • People with high arches in their foot.
  • People in aging populations, because our tendons lose elasticity and become brittle.


Symptoms of Peroneal Tendonitis

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Peroneal tendon injuries may happen suddenly through an acute incident / accident / trauma or develop over a period of time from over-use or re-injury (a chronic condition).

If you have peroneal tendonitis you may feel:

  • Pain and/or swelling along the tendon and possibly up the leg along the fibularis longus muscle during or after activity.
  • Pain occurring from time to time on the outside of the ankle
  • Pain that becomes worse with activity and lessens with rest
  • Weakness when you try to rotate your ankle outward (eversion) or to the inside (inversion)
  • Swelling, inflammation, warmth, or hot to the touch around the outside of your ankle.
  • Instability of the foot and/or ankle
  • An increase in arch height at the bottom of your foot

It is important to recognize pain in these areas compared to pain over the fibula (your ankle bone) which might indicate a different problem like a stress reaction of the bone or fracture. Pain on the fibula occurs directly over the bone which is easily felt with your fingers. Peroneal tendon injuries are sometimes misdiagnosed and may worsen without proper treatment, prompt opinion by a foot and ankle doctor is advised.



Peroneal Tendonitis Diagnosis

The diagnosis of peroneal tendonitis is usually made by examination of the ankle. A physical check by your doctor will help to determine where the tendons are inflamed, ruptured, or degenerated. The doctor will move your ankle into different positions during a physical examination. The peroneal tendons are checked by holding your foot up and out against the doctor's downward pressure. Stretching the foot up and in can also be used to test whether the tendons hurt. The doctor will also be looking for instability of your ankle joint, swelling, warmth and weakness on the outer side of your ankle.

X-rays may be ordered to make sure there is no fracture or other problem with your fibula or the other bones in your ankle. Your doctor may order a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of your ankle. These images can show if there is abnormal swelling or scar tissue in the tendons. MRI scans can also show lengthwise tears in the tendons.



Causes of Peroneal Tendonitis

Peroneal tendonitis is the degeneration of the tendon tissue in the ankle. What causes our tendon to start to fall apart?

What Causes Peroneal Tendonitis
  • Poor footwear encouraging your foot to roll outward stretching the tendons.
  • Improper training to an exercise program you have just started
  • Repetitive ankle motions in sports, such as running and jumping
  • A blow to the outside of the ankle or an ankle sprain
  • A high arch puts extra tension on the peroneal tendons
  • Incorrect alignment of heel and foot bones causing (hindfoot varus posture)
  • A build up of scar tissue on the tendon, the weakened area of the tendon may tear or lead to rupture


What You Need to Successfully Treat Your Peroneal Tendinitis Injury:

  • A Cold Compress or Ice Pack to reduce inflammation of the soft tissue injury (as soon as possible).
  • A Deep Tissue Therapeutic Ankle/Top-Foot TShellz Wrap to increase Blood-flow to the injured tendons ( Deep Tissue Regeneration Therapy).

These 2 tools are what you need for rapid healing. These are the tools that top professional athletes use to treat their injuries every day. And just like these athletes, you can treat yourself at home. In fact, if you want to heal properly you have to treat yourself because you need to treat your injury every single day.

If you have a Peroneal Tendon Injury, it's important to heal it quickly and completely. If you don't, it may plague you on and off again for years and cause more debilitating injuries due to over-compensation.



Nonsurgical Treatment for Peroneal Tendonitis

If you have a lot of pain you may need to have a walking boot or cast for 2 to 4 weeks. If there is no pain or tenderness with walking a stirrup ankle brace, arch support, or lateral heel wedge can help to take tension off of your injured tendons.

In most cases, your Doctor will start with nonsurgical treatments options. Some of the options your doctor may recommend include drugs or medications like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to manage pain and inflammation. Alternative medications like cortisone injections are NOT advised for any type of tendon condition. This is because there is increased risk of rupture of the tendon following a cortisone injection.

Be Careful About Cortisone

Cortisone is an injectable anti-inflammatory drug intended to reduce swelling and inflammation in the plantar plate

Steroid injections can provide temporary relief from the pain of tendon related injuries and are very popular. However, these injections should generally be avoided if possible as they weaken the tendon and may lead to a rupture. If you do opt for an injection, doctors usually recommend that you do not participate in strenuous activities for several weeks to reduce the risk of a rupture.

"In other words, in some way, the cortisone shots impede full recovery, and compared with those adopting a wait-and-see policy, those getting the shots 'are worse off'. Those people receiving multiple injections may be at particularly high risk for continuing damage. (reference: Reynolds, G. (1288). Phys Ed: Do Cortisone Shots Actually Make Things Worse?. Well. Retrieved 17 November 2016, from website)

Doctors won't give you a cortisone shot if it's at all possible that you have a fracture (acute or chronic) in your sesamoid bone(s). If cortisone is used with even the slightest stress fracturing, the cortisone will make the injury worse by stopping the bone's natural healing process. Over time if left untreated, your fracture will get worse and surgery will be more likely needed.

"Complications of cortisone shots can include:

  • Joint Infection
  • Nerve Damage
  • Thinning of skin & soft tissue around injection site
  • Temporary Flare of Pain & Inflammation in the Joint
  • Tendon Weakening or Rupture
  • Thinning of Nearby Bone
  • Death of Nearby Bone
  • Temporary Increase in Blood Sugar"
"Risks - Cortisone Shots - Mayo Clinic". 2016. Mayoclinic.Org. Accessed November 17 2016. website

 



Peroneal Tendon Injury Scar Tissue Growth

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The tendon tries to protect itself from this constant irritation by trying to repair the damaged tissue. During the healing process your body will automatically fill in tears in your tendons with dense, brittle tissue called "scar tissue". The human body will use scar tissue as a temporary healing solution and will try to build the scar tissue as fast as possible to heal tears in your peroneal tendons. Scar tissue can form fast to strengthen the damaged tendon, but working fast doesn't mean that the job's done right. When scar tissue forms it doesn't come together as neatly as regular (healthy) tendon tissue would. Scar tissue fibers will lay down over top of your tear in a cluttered, messy and jumbled up way.

why does my Peroneal Tendonitis hurt from time to time

This is how scar tissue works. The scar tissue that forms in and around your strained ankle tendons will be unorganized and won't line up properly with the healthy tissue surrounding the tear. This scar tissue will also attach to everything in and around your ankle including the surrounding healthy tissue as well. This can result in a long-term fusing together of your tendon with everything around it; this will definitely freeze up your ankle, severely reducing your mobility.

Scar tissue is a weak form of collagen - hard, inflexible, and tough to get rid of once it begins to take hold. The more scar tissue that develops, the more you lose range of motion. With excess scar tissue build up, the injured soft tissue and the ankle in general will remain weak and prone to re-straining and re-tearing.

While you can go a number of days and even a few weeks without any major setbacks during the injury.. inevitably, a certain movement or motion will happen that causes your injured soft tissue to strain and even tear once again. This is attributed to the scar tissue build up and will result in the buildup of yet more scar tissue and a further reduced range of motion (ROM).

The more scar tissue that develops, the greater the risk of winding up permanently injured with chronic pain or arthritis. Scar tissue means that your joint will not perform as well as it once did and it makes it much more prone to injury later on. The longer the injury remains, the risk of atrophy increases and the risk of more scar tissue increases. This is why it is critical to treat your tendon injury now rather than later.

Continuous re-injury and build-up of scar tissue makes it more likely that you will wind up with chronic pain, reduced Range of Motion or even arthritis (permanent damage).


Nonsurgical Treatment for Peroneal Tendonitis

If you have a lot of pain you may need to have a walking boot or cast for 2 to 4 weeks. If there is no pain or tenderness with walking a stirrup ankle brace, arch support, or lateral heel wedge can help to take tension off of your injured tendons.

In most cases, your Doctor will start with nonsurgical treatments options. Some of the options your doctor may recommend include drugs or medications like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to manage pain and inflammation. Your physician may also recommend specific footwear or refer you to a podiatrist. Alternative medications like cortisone injections are NOT advised for any type of tendon condition. This is because there is increased risk of rupture of the tendon following a cortisone injection.



Peroneal Tendonitis Home Conservative Treatment Options

Step 1 - Reduce Pain and Swelling with Cold Compression

The first step for conservative treatment of your foot tendonitis is to reduce the swelling to "open up" the area for more blood flow. Anyone in the health-care business knows that your blood supplies the oxygen and much needed nutrients required to heal foot tendonitis injuries. This is why for years, doctors, trainers, and other medical professionals have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling of fresh injuries, chronic pain, and after any re-injury.

This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood to your damaged tendon and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues because the cells can't get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your tendons, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal acute or chronic tendon injuries faster and with less pain!

Use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack:

  • 24 to 72 hours after your initial tendon injury or when you first notice pain and swelling in your foot to stop cellular damage, relieve pain, and decrease swelling.
  • After exercise, workouts or activity of any kind to prevent re-injury of your foot tendonitis.
  • Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to control pre and post-surgery pain and swelling.
  • Anytime you feel your foot has been over-extended, over-worked, twisted, strained or sprained causing pain and swelling.
  • Anytime you have swelling, sharp throbbing pain or inflammation in the tendons in your foot.
  • Any other situation where you need to draw the pain and inflammation out of your foot.
 

Step 2 - Improve Circulation, Soften Scar Tissue & Prevent Re-Injury with a T•Shellz Wrap®


T•Shellz Wraps contain a unique Carbon Fiber Energy Pad which is flexible and will shape to conform to your body. This Energy Pad emits a uniform wave of perfectly safe electromagnetic energy over its entire surface. This energy travels deep inside to the soft tissue in your body, stimulating blood flow your own body needs to heal your injury. It is the electromagnetic energy that is crucial to the healing process.


Deep Heat Increases Blood Circulation

Greater Blood Circulation Results in
Faster Healing of Soft Tissue

T•Shellz Wrap® = Deep Heat

Best of all...

The T•Shellz Wrap® is an FDA Registered Medical Device and is suitable for use in therapeutic clinics and FROM HOME. It is completely safe for people and patients to use for themselves.

As mentioned earlier, the use of electromagnetic energy is becoming much more commonplace in North America for everyday people. The technology has been used for decades in the worlds of professional and amateur - a contributing factor as to why athletes seem to recover from injuries so quickly.

Have you ever wondered by an athlete can return to activity after 3 or 4 weeks following a tendon injury - while your average person takes much longer to return back to normal? The secret isn't really that much of a secret - it involves consistent treatments (meaning multiple times a day) using a diathermy treatment like the T•Shellz Wrap® to stimulate blood flow to injured soft tissue. Most athletes have the luxury of using in-house therapy facilities many times per day.

How many us can afford the time and money to visit a therapy clinic multiple times a day? Very few indeed. This is how you can gain the same advantage that athletes enjoy in healing their own injuries - by using a device like the Shoulder T•Shellz Wrap® two or three times a day on a consistent basis.

Consistent Treatments = Consistent And Long Term Improvement

 

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What Else Makes the T•Shellz Wrap® So Special?

We believe the T•Shellz Wrap® to be one of the most effective treatments to stimulate blood flow to dense, injured tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other similar tissues.

We can promise that you will receive a product that is designed to be safe and does what it is supposed to do...quickly relieve pain and aid in the recovery from tendon, muscle and other soft tissue injuries.

The unit plugs into a standard wall outlet to get its power. The nice thing about the power supply is that the same unit can be used in North America and overseas as well. It has the capability to operate between 110v and 230v.

It has a special signal controller that can be set for 3 different power levels of application (3=High, 2=Medium, 1=Low). The cord is long so you can sit or lie comfortably and watch TV, read or surf the net while you're using it.

Treatments are max 30 minutes in duration and the device can be worn over clothing. This allows you to use the device at work, at home, or really anywhere you have access to an electrical outlet.

A Recap of the Benefits of the T•Shellz Wrap®..

You can have happy feet again
  • Wraps are available for all major joints - very versatile!
  • Targeted treatment of Tendinosis, Tenosynovitis, Tendon Tears, Bursitis, Impingement, Arthritis, etc
  • It can be used before exercise to warm up your tendons and muscles to reduce the risk of injury
  • FDA Registered medical device for use in home or clinics - very high quality
  • Increases temporary flexibility and length of tissues (reducing the re-injury factor)
  • Carbon fiber Energy Pad is strong, lightweight, and flexible - contours very easily
  • It soothes pain and whisks away toxins
  • It provides deep heat, which the body responds to by increasing blood flow. Increased blood flow enhances the healing rate - saving time and money when associated with extended doctor or physical therapist visits
  • it is an outstanding tool for post-surgery rehabilitation, getting you back to work faster

When Should I Use My T•Shellz Wrap® During the Day?

The most common question we receive from individuals prior to purchasing is - how many times a day should I be using my wrap and when should I be using them? While treatment plans will differ for each individual and their specific injury, there are general guidelines that should be adhered to.

  • Use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack when you are experiencing inflammation (usually after exertion or movement of the injury area).

The T•Shellz Wrap® would then be used:

  • Right after rising from bed in the morning (as this is when it is most stiff)
  • Prior to going to bed at night (to relax the area and allow for better sleep)
  • Before you know you will be using your injured joint (going to work, driving, typing, etc).


Step 3 - Stretch Your Foot to Speed Up Recovery

The final step in foot tendonitis recovery is stretching - this is a critical step for complete recovery from your injury! Physical therapists almost always prescribe gentle stretching for to deal with foot tendonitis. Outside of the physical therapy office, your therapist will most likely give you a set of stretches and exercise to do at home.

You'll find in most rehabilitation programs stretches combined with other conservative treatments will help to:

  • build muscle strength in your lower leg (calf muscle)
  • increase mobility and range of motion (ROM)
  • speed overall healing of your foot tendonitis
  • prevent muscle loss (atrophy) in your lower leg
  • improve muscular function and capability
  • refine tendon tissue alignment and physical balance
  • encourage overall foot and ankle joint flexibility
  • facilitate proper warm up for regular exercise
  • promote healthy circulation in your foot



Use These Conservative Treatment Tools
to Deal with Scar Tissue

scar tissue restricts tissue fibers

It's important to rest the torn tendon because our natural healing process takes time to heal completely. If you don't rest your torn tendon, your acute tendonitis can quickly turn into a chronic tendonitis injury. To repair our damaged tendon tissue quickly, our bodies will use scar tissue to fill in the tears in the tendon. If you need to rest for an extended period of time and avoid certain activities that make your pain worse, you'll be more likely to develop massive amounts of this scar tissue as a temporary healing measure.

Scar tissue may plague you for weeks, months and maybe even years, depending on your level of activity and the amount of conservative treatments you have done during your rehabilitation. Scar tissue is a major problem, especially when it comes to re-injury of your tendon. When dealing with scar tissue it's always important to:

  • listen well to your physician and if conservative treatments are recommended, remember to stick to your (daily) treatment plan using these therapies.
  • frequent use of a Cold Compress or Ice Pack will help reduce the swelling quickly. Much of the pain you feel will be from the swelling, and you'd be surprised how fast the pain drops off once the swelling is down.
  • The T•Shellz Wrap® is a safe, electromagnetic energy device that will help reduce scar tissue and increase blood flow to the area - thereby accelerating the body's own healing process.
  • when applied before stretching, deep heat provided via the T•Shellz Wrap® will help the connective tissue in your joint elongate, and stay elongated for some time after treatment. It will also temporarily increase the flexibility of soft tissue, meaning that it helps improve range of motion while simultaneously reducing your risk of re-injury which is exactly what you want when trying to recover from soft tissue injuries.
  • stretching, as assigned by your Physical Therapist can not only get rid of scar tissue, but also promote growth of healthy, flexible tissue.

Prevention

Preventive measures for all types of foot tendinitis include, proper warm up and stretching exercises, wearing the right shoe for the activity, choosing shoes with good arch and heel support and varying your exercise route and routine. (This will help keep one set of muscles from being overstressed).

Gentle stretching is important to help align scar tissue along the normal lines of stress and strength in the healing tendon is enhanced. Scar tissue is fibrous and brittle, without the correct alignment you're left with a weak ankle. You'll have pain and tightness in your ankle for even the smallest daily activities, an this will greatly increase your chance of re-injury.


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Tendon Injury Facts:

When the tendon gets inflamed it is known as tendonitis, and when the tendons are chronically overused, it may lead to microscopic tears in the collagen matrix and causes a gradual weakening of the tissues.


Achilles tendonitis is a common injury among runners, as the Achilles tendon is responsible for helping you lift off the ground with each stride.


As computers become ever more important elements of the work place and everyday life, incidents of wrist tendonitis are on the rise.


Oral Medications can mask the pain but do not aid in the healing of tendonitis. Anti-inflammatories and pain killers can mask the pain and indirectly cause tendonitis to worsen.


Ice and Compression treatments are the easiest and most effective treatments for tendonitis.

 

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