What is Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles tendonitis is a condition wherein the Achilles tendon, at or near its insertion to the back of the heel, becomes inflamed and causes pain.
The Achilles tendon is one of the longest and strongest tendons in the body. It is avascular (not supplied with blood vessels) so it can be slow to heal. The Achilles tendon is formed in the lower third of the leg. Two muscles join to form the Achilles tendon: the Gastrocnemius and the Soleus which are commonly referred to as the calf muscle. The Achilles tendon works as an anti-pronator which means it helps to prevent the foot from rolling inward.
Achilles Tendonitis common symptoms/complaints
Patients complain of severe aching or burning pain felt in the back of the heel, which increases with pointing the toes upward while seated and/or rising up onto the toes while standing.
How is Achilles Tendonitis caused?
Overpronation, injury and overstresses of the tendon are some of the most common causes. Risk factors include tight heel cords, poor foot alignment, and recent changes in activities or shoes. During a normal gait cycle, the upper and lower leg rotate in unison (i.e. internally during pronation and externally during supination). However, when a person overpronates, the lower leg is locked into the foot and therefore continues to rotate internally past the end of the contact phase while the femur begins to rotate externally at the beginning of midstance. The Gastrocnemius muscle is attached to the upper leg and rotates externally while the Soleus muscle is attached to the lower leg and rotates internally during pronation.
The resulting counter rotation of the upper and lower leg causes a shearing force to occur in the Achilles tendon. This counter-rotation twists the tendon at its weakest area, namely the Achilles tendon itself, and causes the inflammation. Since the tendon is avascular, once inflammation sets in, it tends to be chronic.
Relieving the stress is the first course of action. Treatment involves ice therapy and activity modification to reduce inflammation. Active stretching and strengthening exercises will assist rehabilitation of the gastrocnemius-soleus complex. When placed in a heeled shoe, the patient will immediately notice a difference, compared to flat ground. It is recommended that the patient is fitted with proper shoes & orthotics to control pronation and maintain proper alignment, relieving the stress on the achilles tendon. Tightness in the tendon itself can be helped by an extra heel lift added to the orthotics. The patient can expect a slow recovery over a period of months.
Men and Woman Shoes for Achilles Tendonitis
We carry a wide variety of shoes and sandals for men and woman with achilles tendonitis. Many of the supportive shoes we carry have great support which reduces the pressure on the calves of your legs. Achilles tendonitis occurs in both men and woman. Finding the best shoe support for achilles tendonitis for men can be overly complicated with so many options. Woman tend to worry about finding a stylish shoe that accommodates for achilles tendonitis. Many of the supportive, comfort shoes we carry for those suffering from Achilles Tendonitis provide excellent support, which in turn reduces the pressure on the calves of your legs. Additionally, we carry comfort shoes with cushioned soles that reduce the impact on your heel, further reducing stress on the Achilles tendon.
Browse through a combination of men’s and woman shoes for achilles tendonitis. Shop our collection of shoes.
Here some of the shoes for men and woman that we recommend if you are looking to purchase a comfortable shoe that accommodates for different formal and informal situations while easing your achilles tendonitis.
Rockport World Tour
|New Balance 1540
New Balance 990
Best Arch Supports for Achilles Tendonitis
We have a wide variety of arch supports for achilles tendonitis, as well as for other foot pain issues such as Plantar Fasciitis. The best arch support for achilles tendonitis will have good shock absorption, elevate the heel, and control the arch of the foot. We carry over-the-counter arch supports and custom molded orthotics which helps reduce the foot pain associated with achilles tendonitis. Make an appointment today with a specialist to find out which arch support is best for you, and review our many comfort insole options for Achilles Tendonitis foot pain as well.
Recommended insoles for Achilles Tendonitis:
Aetrex Lynco L220
|Superfeet GreenAetrex Lynco L2400||LFS Dress Arch SupportsAetrex Lynco L2205|
Where to buy Achilles Tendonitis Shoes and Arch Supports
At Lucky Feet Shoes, we carry a wide variety of arch supports and shoes for achilles tendonitis online and in Southern California. We fit customers with achilles tendonitis pain shoes and arch supports in Orange County, Inland Empire, Riverside, Temecula and Los Angeles County. Our stores in Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, San Dimas, Anaheim Hills, Temecula, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Costa Mesa, and Long Beach. We invite you to stop by for a free foot analysis and try our shoes for achilles tendonitis. In addition, we have a large selection of comfort shoes, wide shoes, walking shoes, running shoes, arch supports, and custom orthotics!