Achilles Tendinopathy: Functional Results In Patients Treated With Eccentric Exercises, Air Heel Brace And A Combination Of Both

Vol 35 | Issue 3 | September-December 2020 | page: 21-27 | Vikram Sharma, Vivek Chandak


Authors: Vikram Sharma [1], Vivek Chandak [2]

[1] Professor in Orthopaedics, KD medical college and hospitals, Mathura, UP, India.
[2] Senior Resident in Orthopaedics, KD medical college and hospitals, Mathura, UP, India.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Vivek Chandak,
Senior Resident in Orthopaedics, KD medical college and hospitals, Mathura.
E-mail: drvivekchandak@gmail.com


Abstract

Background: To compare eccentric training, AirHeel Brace and the combination of eccentric training with the AirHeel Brace for the management of tendinopathy of the main body of the Achilles tendon.
Methods: 108 patients were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 treatment groups: (A) Eccentric training, (B) AirHeel brace, and (C) Combination of eccentric training and AirHeel brace. Patients were evaluated at 6, 12, and 24 weeks after the beginning of the treatment protocol with visual analog scale (VAS) for pain and Revised Foot functional Index (FFI-R) for functional improvement.
Results: The VAS score for pain, FFI-R improved significantly in all 3 groups at all 3 follow-up examinations. Group C had significantly better results than the other two groups.
Conclusion: The AirHeel brace is as effective as eccentric training in the treatment of chronic Achilles tendinopathy. There is synergistic effect when both treatment strategies are combined.
Keywords: Achilles tendon, Achilles tendinopathy, AirHeel brace, Eccentric training, Tibia.


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How to Cite this Article:  Sharma V, Chandak V | Achilles Tendinopathy: Functional Results In Patients Treated With Eccentric Exercises, Air Heel Brace And A Combination Of Both | Journal of Bone and Joint Diseases | September-December 2020; 35(3): 21-27.

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