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How Orthotics Can Help Relieve Achilles Tendonitis Pain

If you’re experiencing Achilles tendonitis pain, you may be looking for ways to alleviate discomfort and promote healing. Orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts that can provide support and relief. In this article, you’ll learn how orthotics can help with Achilles tendonitis and how to incorporate them into your treatment plan.

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis is a condition that occurs when the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, becomes inflamed and irritated. It’s commonly caused by overuse or repetitive strain on the tendon, such as excessive running or jumping. People who participate in sports or activities that involve repetitive movements of the foot and ankle are particularly at risk for developing Achilles tendonitis. The condition can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the back of the leg, near the heel. If left untreated, Achilles tendonitis can lead to more serious complications, such as tendon rupture.

Achilles Tendonitis Diagram

Common symptoms of Achilles tendonitis.

Pain, swelling, and stiffness in the back of the leg, near the heel are common symptoms. The pain may worsen with activity and improve with rest. Some individuals may also experience a thickening or swelling of the tendon.

The Role of Orthotics in Treating Achilles Tendonitis.

Orthotics can play a crucial role in the treatment of Achilles tendonitis. These custom-made shoe inserts are designed to provide support and stability to the foot, helping to alleviate pain and promote healing. By redistributing pressure and reducing strain on the Achilles tendon, orthotics can help to relieve discomfort and prevent further damage. They can also help to correct any biomechanical issues that may be contributing to the development of Achilles tendonitis. Orthotics can be worn in everyday shoes or in athletic footwear, depending on your needs. It’s important to consult with a foot care professional to determine the most appropriate type of orthotics for your specific condition. All FootLab practitioners are Certified Pedorthists.

Orthotics for Achilles Tendonitis.

A full-length orthotic provides support and stability to the entire foot. Our custom fit orthotics are molded to your feet to ensure proper fit and function.

Tips for Using Orthotics to Relieve Achilles Tendonitis Pain.

Make sure to consult with a certified professional to determine the best type of orthotic for your specific condition. They can assess your foot mechanics and recommend the appropriate level of support and cushioning. Additionally, it is important to ensure that your orthotics fit properly. Ill-fitting orthotics can cause discomfort and may not provide the intended benefits. Finally, be patient and consistent with wearing your orthotics. It may take some time for your body to adjust to the new support, but with regular use, you should start to experience relief from Achilles tendonitis pain.

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