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Achilles Tendonitis

Oct 13, 2021

“If you are suffering from pain in your Achilles tendon, the earlier you seek medical treatment, the more likely you are to avoid the need for major medical intervention,” explains Paul J. Switaj, MD, a foot and ankle surgeon.

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You might have heard of it and some might even be suffering from it. Achilles Tendonitis involves the Achilles tendon which is located around the back of your ankle, it is the strong fibrous tissue that connects your calf muscles and your heel bone. Your Achilles tendon enables you to stand, move, walk, run, jump, and be on your feet.

Doing intense physical activities or over-stretching your Achilles tendon will cause stress and result in inflammation. This inflammation causes pain known as Achilles Tendonitis. Achilles Tendonitis causes pain from light to excruciating ache from above the back of your heel to the back of your ankles. Not treating your Achilles Tendonitis quickly might rupture and tear your Achilles tendon.

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There are multiple symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis:

  • The movement and flexibility of your foot becomes limited
  • Discomfort on the back of your heel
  • Swelling from the back of your heel to the back of your ankles
  • Feeling of muscles tightness to your calf muscles
  • The skin on the back of your heel feels warm

 

What could cause Achilles Tendonitis:

  • Doing physical activities or exercise without warming up
  • Over-exerting the Achilles tendon with repeated physical activities or exercise
  • Increased intensity of the physical activities or exercise
  • Wearing poorly fitted shoes
  • Wearing shoes without proper support during your physical activities or exercise
  • Doing sports which require quick and frequent stops and direction change such as basketball, soccer and tennis

 

If you are not sure whether you are suffering from Achilles Tendonitis, it is highly recommended to consult a doctor or certified pedorthist.  Especially if you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms. The main symptom of Achilles Tendonitis is pain over quite a pro-long period of time. As Achilles Tendonitis takes a long time to recovery, you will feel pain over that period of time.

 

How does Happy Walker help with Achilles Tendonitis?

There are non-surgical ways to treat Achilles Tendonitis to relieve the pain and prevent it from getting worse. As you move ahead to treat your Achilles Tendonitis, you need to give it time to recover as well. One of the ways Happy Walker’s shoes and footwear can help is to allow your Achilles Tendonitis tear to heal itself. Using our orthotic shoes and orthotics insoles will help in the recovering of Achilles Tendonitis.

Depending on the severity of your Achilles Tendonitis, it will take a couple of months for you to recover, and even longer if you have had Achilles Tendonitis pain over a prolonged period of time. Using Happy Walker shoes and footwear will help to relieve the pain and reduce the stress and tension on your Achilles tendon. This will then enable you to regain strength in your leg and tendon and help to improve the movement and flexibility of your foot.

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It is important to know how severe your Achilles Tendonitis is and to pick out the right shoes or footwear. In many cases, Happy Walker’s consultant will do a detailed analysis and conduct a free foot scan for you.

Through the data given, a custom made insole is highly recommended as we will help to design and craft a custom made insole that helps to relieve your pain. With the custom made insole, our consultant will also recommend the right shoes and footwear that will reduce strain on the Achilles tendon when you move.

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