Saturday, June 18, 2011
Achilles Tendon Injuries and Zone of Ischemia
This short video introduces the importance of immediate treatment of achilles tendon pain especially when swelling is noted. The area 2 to 5 cm above the attachment of the achilles tendon in the body of the tendon is called "The Zone of Ischemia". It is an area of relative poor blood supply. When an injury to the achilles tendon occurs, if there is swelling in this zone of ischemia, the normal circulation is cut off and healing potential comes to a halt rather quickly. This is why athletes fear achilles tendon injuries since they can be so chronic. It is vital to work on the swelling with physical therapy, accupuncture, ice packs, heat in careful amounts, and contrast baths.