A study that consisted of twelve participants was heldat the University of Central Lancashire. Dr. Jonathan Sinclair, who led the study, found wearing that orthotic insoles could lessen the chances of sustaining an Achilles tendon injury.
Dr. Sinclair’s participants, all of them adult males, ran on a mat that was equipped with special sensors. These sensors were able to measure the biomechanics of the participants’ feet. While wearing the insoles, the pressure placed on the participants’ Achilles tendons were much less compared to those not wearing insoles. Sinclair believes this could be that certain running shoes already having cushion around the midsole.
Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful. If you are suffering from an Achilles tendon injury, consult with one of our podiatrists at Connecticut Foot Care Centers. Our podiatrists can attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
What is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.
What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?
There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility
Treatment and Prevention
Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.
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