Achilles tendinopathy is a condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness at the back of the lower leg. It can be within two distinct parts of the Achilles tendon – at the back of the ankle and just above the heel.
Symptoms tend to be worse when rising from rest, especially in the morning. It is thought to be caused by repeated stress and strain. For most people, the symptoms of Achilles tendinopathy usually clear within 3-6 months of starting treatment.
Insoles may be prescribed by a podiatrist. These only work well with a stable, supportive shoe.
Gradually wear in your insoles over a period of time. Start off with one hour on the first day and increase by an additional hour each day until worn all day. Check your feet after use for signs of rubbing.
Initial aching is normal as your muscles adapt to the insoles, this should gradually subside with further use.
If you experience redness, blistering or new or increased pain remove the insoles.
A well-fitting shoe, boot or trainer with a robust sole, laces or a strap fastening will give your feet the best support. If your shoe is too flexible then you will not be getting the stability and support your foot needs.
Your footwear should have:
Give your shoes a test by flexing and twisting the sole, some bend in the toes is normal when using some force. However the rest of the shoe should remain intact.
Shoes we recommend avoiding are:
The Healthy Footwear Guide is a website run by UK podiatrists and shoe manufacturers who have identified key features that make up a healthy shoe.
If you have a problem which does not improve as you would expect with self-care, you should contact a healthcare professional for advice. This may be your GP, Pharmacist, NHS Podiatry Service or a Private Podiatrist.
Please make sure your Podiatrist is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and look out for the letters HCPC after their name.
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