Achilles Tendonitis

DEFINITION: The largest tendon in the body, the Achilles tendon joins the back of the calf to the heel. Common among recreational athletes, Achilles tendonitis results when the Achilles tendon becomes irritated or inflamed. Individuals may even hear a popping sound to indicate that stress on the Achilles tendon has resulted in a tear or rupture. Middle-aged athletes are particularly susceptible to Achilles tendonitis, as tendons can become less flexible with age.

SYMPTOMS: Symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include specific, localized pain directly behind the heel, or two to three inches above the heel. Individuals may feel more pain, not less, after reducing their physical activity. Pain may be most severe after sedentary activities, such as long periods of sitting or getting out of bed in the morning.

CAUSES: Achilles tendonitis may result from multiple factors, including over pronation (when the foot rolls inward with each step); lack of flexibility; weak calf muscles, or strength imbalances in the leg; wearing new footwear, which can affect an individualís walk or gait; and changes or increases in physical activity. Runners in particular may develop Achilles tendonitis upon increasing their distance or incorporating hill runs into their workout regime.

TREATMENTS: Over pronation can be reduced by wearing corrective footwear, which not only provides padding but also provides critical corrective support, keeping the foot steady and moving forward without rolling inward. Devices such as arch supports, heel wedges and heel cups can be used to help balance the foot, maintaining a strong and consistent gait. Resting the Achilles tendon is essential in reducing severe inflammation. If necessary, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, injections or surgery may help extreme cases of Achilles tendonitis.



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Achilles Heel Pad

Achilles Heel Pad

FEATURES: - Soft gel pad inside tan soft fabric protects achilles tendon area and back of heel area from friction while gently compressing and...
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Adjustable Heel Lifts

Adjustable Heel Lifts

3 resilient rubber layers of 1/8" each are tapered for comfort Peel off 1 or 2 layers at a time to adjust heel height Set to 3/8", 1/4" or 1/8" -...
$15.99

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Heel Lifts - Cork

Heel Lifts - Cork

Choose 1/8" or 1/4" thick Maximum comfort in the shoe Extended length & round edges 1/4" tapered in front for patient comfort
$5.99

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Heel Lifts - Poron

Heel Lifts - Poron

Poron Heel Lift Cushions are 1/4" thick
$6.99

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Heel Lifts - Red - Rubber

Heel Lifts - Red - Rubber

3/8" thick Red Rubber is extremely firm & long lasting Red Rubber will never flatten Tapered in front for patient comfort
$19.99

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Heel Pads - Gel

Heel Pads - Gel

FEATURES: - Soft gel pad cushions the heel with every step. Heel floats on cushioned gel pad Washable and re-usable pads. Each pad can be used...
$11.99

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Self Grip Compression Wrap

Self Grip Compression Wrap

Self Grip Compression Wrap Price Sheet Size Quantity Price 1" x 4 yds 1 roll $5.99 2" x 4 yds 1 roll $11.99 3" x 4 yds 1 roll $17.99 ...
$5.99

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