The 3D geometry of the Achilles tendon is complex (essentially made up of tendons from the three calf muscles that are twisted together) and influences the strain that occurs in different components of the tendon. This is enabled by sliding that occurs between these subtendons. They can act independently to some extent. This team aimed to develop a mathematical model to test whether the geometry of the Achilles and different rehab exercises influence Achilles strain.
Exercise dose: Is it important for tendinopathy rehabilitation?
Monitoring Physical Activity Using Wearable Technology in People With Achilles Tendinopathy Undergoing Physiotherapy Treatment: A Feasibility Prospective Cohort Study
Exercise is a recommended treatment for many pain and musculoskeletal conditions, including tendinopathy. It is really clear in other areas such as exercise for general health (e.g., heart health) that the more exercise you do, the better. Things don’t really work in this linear way for pain. Pain is complex. Maybe doing more exercise will make our pain and musculoskeletal patients stronger and more functional, but why should it improve their pain?
Fantastic infographic including education and management tips for Achilles tendinopathy by my multiple talented PhD student Igor Sancho.
This weeks blog focuses on a new RCT by van Ark et al. that compares isometrics vs isotonic rehab for in-season athletes with patellar tendon pain.
The blog this week focuses on a study investigating whether pathology influences Achilles tendon strain during a single leg jump.
The blog this week focuses on a systematic review of risk factors for plantar fasciopathy by van Leeuwen et al.
The blog has evolved to a fortnightly format. The main reason for this is that my balance of academic work has changed, aka I have a real job now! The blog this week focuses on a study that sheds light on the potential role of the subcutaneous bursa in insertional Achilles tendinopathy...
To mark 6 months of the blog letâ€™s take a look back at the 3 (actually 4) most popular posts of 2016, here they are:.....
The blog this week focuses on 1 cool study looking at weightshift and standing kinematics in gluteal tendinopathy.
Great blog this week. A rare foray into the upper limb with a look at an interested RCT by Christ Littlewood and his group from the UK.
Clinical gems and awesome management models. Your patients will love you for it!