Achilles Tendonitis is a debilitating foot disorder that brings on swelling of the Achilles tendon - the tendon running vertically on the back of the heel. Athletes are highly susceptible to contracting chronic Achilles Tendonitis. And if ignored, a mild Achilles Tendonitis injury can develop into Acute Achilles Tendonitis which can be debilitating. It is recommended by Podiatrist and other foot care specialist that Achilles Tendonitis should be treated as early as possible to prevent worsening.
Achilles Tendonitis is a condition that develops slowly. If the activity causing the disorder is continued, the condition worsens with increasing pain. Tenderness and pain will increase until the tendon ruptures which will inhibit walking or running for an extended period of time.
The disorder can be caused by high impact activities that require sudden stopping or a change in direction such as dancing, sports such as basketball, football, soccer, hockey, etc. People with flat feet are more susceptible due to increased stress on the tendon.
Diagnosis is by a trained foot care specialist who will conduct a series of test. Treatment includes rest, refraining from activities that exacerbate the condition, ice packs and mild medication such as ibuprofen to reduce swelling and inflammation, elevate the feet when possible, and compress the area with an elastic bandage. Certain stretching exercises may be required during rehabilitation. Chronic sufferers may require surgery; although, it is not common.
Podiatrists routinely recommend Orthotic Arch Support Insoles to help correct and maintain proper foot alignment. Orthotic Arch Supports have proven to lessen pain and offer relief for sufferers.
Several quality brand Orthotic Arch Support Insoles are available at a reasonable price. Spenco Insoles has several styles to choose from and all have received the prestigious Seal of Acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association. Also, Spenco Insoles carry a one year unconditional guarantee. The Orthotic Arch Support Insoles are available in both full and 3/4-length as well as 3/4-Length Thinsole to comfortably fit all shoe types.
Superfeet Premium Insoles has a wide selection that are designed for specific shoe types and activities. The Green are the all-purpose and most popular while the Blue and Black styles are designed for tighter fitting shoes. The Orange offer outstanding cushioning combined with arch support while the Berry are designed for women and also offer superior cushioning combined with Orthotic Arch Support.