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Orange Insoles for Achilles Tendon Injury

Achilles Tendon Injury

Why Is Orange Great for Achilles Tendon Injury?

Orange Insoles are great for helping people feel better and do more. Our custom support technology is particularly great for people struggling with achilles tendon injury.

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Symptoms

  • Pain along the achilles tendon during/after activity
  • Swelling over the distal 1-3 inches of the Achilles tendon (see picture)
  • Tender to touch
  • Pain associated with or when trying to raise up on the toes, or with stretching of the calf/Achilles tendon
  • Limited range of motion and stiffness

Definitions

Achilles Tendonitis

  • An inflammation of the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone (calcaneus)
  • May be small tears in the tendon from overuse

Achilles Rupture

  • Weakening of the collagen fibers of the tendon leading to partial tearing or rupture(complete tear) of the tendon away from the heel
  • Rupture noted by inability to raise up on toes or push off with ball of foot in walking

Tenosynovitis

  • Inflammation of the vascular sheath that covers the Achilles tendon
  • May even be caused by the shoe counter rubbing on the heel

Primary Cause

Excessive Pronation

  • Pronation is a normal movement of the foot, that allows the arch to flatten to a degree, which helps thebody to absorb shock and adapt to different ground surfaces.
  • In analyzing ones gait, first contact is on the heel and outside of the foot; followed by a shift of body weight continuing forward toward the arch and toes.
  • If the foot is weak or tired and/or the footwear is not supportive, then the arch can flatten more than normal, which is excessive pronation.
  • Flattening of the arch (excessive pronation) places pressure on the arch and stretches the plantar fascia (which supports the arch) and can create inflammation at the attachment on the heel.
  • This repetitive, excessive pronation, is the main contributor to many lower extremity, overuse injuries. As the achilles tendon attaches on the back of the heel, and if the the foot is in excessive pronation, there is an increased torque or pull on the tendon, which can cause inflammation.

Contributing Factors

  • Tight calf muscles (the gastroc and/or soleus) and tight achilles tendon.
  • Often with increasing age, there is decreasing flexibility
  • Increasing the amount or intensity of training – uphill running, or stair climbing
  • Flat pronated feet add stress to the soleus and rigid, high arched feet add stress to the gastroc
  • Poor support on the inside of a shoe or in the shoe’s foundation/upper can add to the stress on the foot –thus increasing calf stress
  • Change in the heel height of one’s shoes (from training shoes to racing flats, heels to flats etc.)

Treatment - Advice Given Most In Current Literature

The 3S’s— Stretching, Strengthening and Supporting, along with ICE and REST, have been found tobe the simplest and most effective treatment for those injuries.

  • Stretching of the calf (both gastroc and soleus) muscles and Achilles tendon can help eliminate orprevent many problems with the achilles tendon.
  • Strengthening of the calf muscles once the inflammation is gone, can help prevent further injury.
  • Avoid hill or stair running until symptoms disappear.
  • Supporting the foot with the proper shoes and insoles, can prevent or eliminate the vast majority ofincreased stresses on the lower extremity. This may be a Birkenstock sandal, with a broad base andcontoured footbed, that is low to the ground and conforms to the foot. It may also be a shoe with an upperthat wraps the foot and supports the arch and heel thus limiting excessive pronation. The vast majority offootwear have more than enough cushion but very little support for the arch and heel. One of the easiestand most effective solutions is to add a simple over the counter insole that provides a forgiving support forboth the arch and heel.
  • Make sure that the heel collar does not dig into the achilles. Look for a cut out of the heel (heel notch)

What Kind of Shoes Do You Typically Wear?

Choosing the right insole is best determined by the kind of shoe it'll go in. Just choose the kind of shoe you wear most often and discover our recommended insole for you!

Athletic Shoes

Athletic Shoes

Cleats

Cleats

Dress Casual

Dress Casual

Fun Casual

Fun Casual

Heels

Heels

Running

Running

Work Boots

Work Boots

Where Does it Hurt?

We build Orange Insoles to help people feel better, so they can do more.

Achilles Tendon Injury

Achilles Tendon Injury

Bunions

Bunions

Heel Pain/Planter Fasciitis

Heel Pain/Planter Fasciitis

Hip Pain

Hip Pain

Knee Pain

Knee Pain

Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

Neuromas

Neuromas

Shin Splints

Shin Splints


The Orange Guarantee

We are confident that you will feel better and do more with Orange Insoles. We proudly offer a 60 day guarantee. If you are unsatisfied, please return the insoles to your vendor with your sales receipt.

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