Study Proves AirHeel™ is a Real Alternative for
Achilles Tendonitis Recovery
A study from the University Hospital Muenster, Germany, published in the June 2007 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM) has shown Aircast’s AirHeel™ brace is an alternative treatment option for chronic Achilles tendinopathy.
The study which investigated improving the clinical outcome of patients with chronic Achilles tendinopathy by using Aircast’s AirHeel™ brace, found it to be an effective treatment equal to eccentric training. The results1 of the study also concluded that there were no synergistic effects when both treatment strategies were combined.
Achilles tendonitis, generally precipitated by overuse of the affected limb, is common among athletes. The Achilles tendon when injured is slow to heal due its lack of good blood supply and cell activity. High load eccentric contractions have been shown to be effective in decreasing the pain and strengthening the tendon, with other treatments including cold compression therapy, NSAIDS, steroid injections and manual therapy.
The Aircast AirHeel™ was specifically designed to treat Achilles tendonitis, as well as plantar fasciitis and heel pain. Using two interconnected aircells located under the foot arch and in back of the heel, the brace applies pulsating pneumatic compression with every step to help reduce swelling and discomfort, and enhance circulation. The AirHeel™ is a low profile design made from lightweight neoprene fabric for superior comfort, and is simple to apply, worn like a sock.
The Aircast AirHeel™ is available from your medical consultant or direct from DJO on 0800 587 0857.
More information is available by visiting www.aircast.com. For more press information, please contact Belinda Boyd at 20-20 PR on +44 (0) 1793 780780.