23 Jun 5 Simple Recovery Steps To Take Following a Lower Limb Tendon Injury
Understanding how tendons work is an important process when assisting individuals in their rehabilitation process. A tendons main function is to transmit contractile forces to the skeleton which in turn helps with generating joint movement.
Tendons generally have a poor blood supply which means that damage usually occurs at the musculoskeletal junction, which is its weakest point of the tissue.
If you do have suffered or are suffering from a lower limb tendon injury, here are some simple tips to consider to help your recovery:
- Workload – If a rapid increase in training load, frequency and/or duration occurs, the tendon may not be able to adapt fast enough to this increase. The mechanical strength of the tendon may be exceeded and micro-trauma may occur within the tissue leading to injury/pain.
- Biomechanics – Review your movement patterns – if you have having trouble with your feet/knee or pelvis, this will need to be addressed to reduce your risk of injury. Poor Glut Med stability can increased the medial load of the stabilizing leg during running.
- Footwear/equipment – Are your shoes letting you down? Check the footwear or equipment that you are using to identify whether that may be the source of your problem. Poor footwear has been link to Achilles tendinopathy and over lower limb tendon injuries. Appropriate foot wear can greatly improve your movement patterns and reduce the risk of injury.
- Just rest – Resting can create relief but may not necessarily resolve the problem. Remember if you do not address the underlying problem most likely the pain will return when your re-commence your activity.
- Talk to an allied health professional – You need to get the right advice and depending on what stage of recovery you are in. Treating symptoms can ease your pain however identifying the source of the problem will provide you with better outcomes long term.
An Affinity Allied Health Myotherapist can happily assist with any questions you may about your injury. Feel free to get in touch through here.