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Insertional Achilles Tendonitis Shoes and Running Shoes

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Last updated: 14/11/2023


by James McCormack

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Insertional Achilles Tendonitis is a painful condition on the back of the heel bone that’s caused by an overload of the Achilles tendon, usually through impact activity. As the insertion of the Achilles wraps around the heel bone, it can get compressed. This is where heeled shoes, running shoes and insoles can dramatically reduce pain levels to facilitate rehabilitation exercises. Insertional Achilles Tendonitis is less common than mid-portion tendonitis. Still, due to the reduced blood supply in the insertion of the Achilles tendon, it can take longer to rehabilitate, so it is important to wear the best shoes so that you do not hinder your rehab.

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Best Walking Shoes for Insertional Achilles Tendonitis

In our experience, the best walking shoe for Insertional Achilles Tendonitis is the New Balance Fresh Foam X 880V13.

We recommend the Fresh Foam x 880V13 due to their 10mm heel drop, responsive cushioning and plush heel cover.

The 10mm heel drop reduces the tendon on the Achilles Tendon insertion to relieve pain when standing or walking.

The cushioning helps to absorb impact from the tendon while walking, and the heel cover is padded with an Achilles hold tab to reduce pressure on a painful Insertional Achilles Tendonitis or Haglund’s Deformity.

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Best Running Shoes for Insertional Achilles Tendonitis

We recommend the Asics Gel-Kayano 30 for Insertional Achilles Tendonitis. The Gel-Kayano come with a 10mm heel drop which is excellent for reducing Insertional Achilles Tendonitis pain when running or standing.

Their FF BLAST™ PLUS ECO cushioning provides responsive cushioning while their stable midsole helps to control the pronation moments associated with Insertional Achilles Tendonitis pain.

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Physiotherapy with James McCormack

This is not medical advice. We recommend a consultation with a medical professional such as James McCormack. He offers Online Physiotherapy Appointments weekly.

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