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Will orthotics help with Achilles tendon pain?

Asked 3 years ago

I participate in sports that involve frequent jumping, such as basketball, and recently got the diagnosis of Achilles tendon dysfunction, or Achilles tendonitis. My podiatrist says that a pair of custom foot orthotics would help relieve the pain of my condition somewhat. Is this true? Because I don't want to have to pay a lot of money for something that isn't really an injury and might not actually be fixed. Can custom orthotics and orthotic insoles be an effective way of reducing the strain on my inflamed Achilles tendons and help them heal?

Abel Austin

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Yes, this is true. Custom orthotics specifically tailored to your feet will provide great benefit to you and help reduce the pain you experience during and after sports. The orthotics will provide added cushioning to reduce the force load through the foot and lower leg when landing from jumps and/or running, allowing the Achilles tendon to be put under less strain. The orthotics have been shown to reduce medial tibial stress syndrome, Achilles tendon pain, plantar fasciitis, and knee pain. Injury reduction is evident with the introduction of orthotics into your shoes, thus preventing further expenditure on medical care and pain one will experience. The balance benefits of orthotic insoles will further reduce the strain on the tendons of the lower leg, including the Achilles tendon, when changing direction in sports such as basketball, by redistributing the weight through the entire surface of the foot. Athletic performance improvements have also been identified in persons wearing orthotic insoles during sport activities. 

Issac Dorsey

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Yes, orthotics help with Achilles tendon pain. Insoles for Achilles tendonitis (for example, heel lifts) reduce strain on the Achilles tendon by controlling excessive movement. They also provide heel support and aid shock absorption. For the best effect, they should be combined with the right shoes.

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