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2.0 out of 5 stars Expensive and not comprehensive, 6 April 2011
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This review is from: Achilles Healing: Achilles Tendinitis Relief and Prevention in 4 Easy Phases (Paperback)
Expensive! a basic review of how to manage achilles tendinitis, strangely verbose over the 70 odd pages that comprise the whole book! Covers most of P.R.I.C.E (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) as the main strategy and includes basic stretches and strengthening exercises for the calf muscle(s) and hamstrings to rehab the injury. Completely omits compression as an excellent tool. Given two stars because it's not comprehensive and its expensive for what it is.
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Initial post: 8 Apr 2011 02:06:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Apr 2011 02:21:46 BDT
Thanks for your feedback, Mr. Taylor.

"Achilles Healing" focuses on easy-to-perform, conservative treatment that readers can do at home. It details both stretches and strengthening of the entire calf and shin areas, the hamstrings, and the all-important soleus region. Plus it provides tips on fitness, nutrition, footwear, rest, an improved stride, and appropriate cautions. Most readers should find the recovery plan quite comprehensive. I winnowed down any unneeded info so readers could find the help they need quickly and get started. Plus, all these procedures are contained conveniently in one place.

You are correct, Mr. Taylor, compression is a valuable injury recovery modality. Is it worthwhile? Yes. Should the procedure to do this be included in the book? No. The method to impart compression is not addressed, purposely. As it is done generally with the tight - but not too tight - taping of the entire injured region, I feel it would be impossible to address compression via taping safely and effectively within the pages of a book. Incorrect taping can result in brand new injury problems. An Achilles tendinitis sufferer should see an injury rehab specialist - in person - to get hands-on taping guidance.

Price? On Amazon.co.UK, the closest Achilles tendinitis book in price, as I write this, retails for 29.99. "Achilles Healing" is priced currently at 11.00. Price is a matter of opinion, but I think if the procedures suggested help readers avoid the significant expense of custom orthotics, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, or (never recommended) corticosteroid injections, and thus speed their healing, then the guidance they find will be worth it.

In any event, I appreciate the feedback and the mention of compression's value. Achilles tendinitis can be a nagging condition, and if you still suffer from it, I wish you the best in your recuperation.

- Patrick Hafner
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