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A Taste of this Summer's Research Findings Focus on the Achilles

As we mentioned within our 'In the Spotlight' section,  three interesting pieces of research all focusing on the Achilles have been published over the summer. Full reports can be viewed via the new 'My DJO' feature.

Cryo/Cuff superior to Cryotherapy alone for Achilles tendon microcirculation...

In July, the American Journal of Sports Medicine published research from the Hannover Medical School in Germany in which researchers looked at determining the effect of combined cryotherapy/compression versus cryotherapy alone in the Achilles tendon microcirculation. Tendon oxygen saturation was reduced in both groups significantly within the first three minutes of application with significantly stronger effects using Cryo/Cuff . To read more on this report click through to 'Cold Therapy' under Bracing and Supporting Therapies.

Eccentric training with AirHeel Brace can optimise tendon microcirculation

Another piece of research from Hannover Medical School compared eccentric training and the combination of eccentric training with the application of the AirHeel™ for the management of tendinopathy in the main body of the Achilles tendon. The report concluded that the combination of eccentric training with the Brace can optimise tendon microcirculation. More information can be found on this report by clicking on 'Under Foot and Ankle Supports'.

Early weight-bearing protocol adopted as new standard of care for surgically repaired Achilles tendon rupture...

The most recent research published in last month's issue of JBJS (Am.) compares the influence of early weight-bearing to non-weight-bearing after surgical repair of the Achilles tendon. The patients in both groups were fitted with the DonJoy Motion Control (MC) Walker and results in the non weight-bearing patients showed that early weight-bearing after surgical repair of an acute Achilles tendon rupture improves health-related quality of life in the early postoperative period and has no detrimental effect on recovery. Again the full details can be found under Orthopaedic Walkers on the 'My DJO' link.

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