Reduction of Achilles Tendon Injuries in Runners Using Orthotics

study%20shows.jpgDr. Jonathan Sinclair of the University of Central Lancashire recently studied the relationship between Achilles tendon injury and orthotics. The study used 12 male participants and had them run on a mat with sensors that measured movement and pressure of the feet. The study found that the use of orthotics could help prevent Achilles injury.

The participants that used the orthotics were less likely to obtain Achilles tendon injury because the orthotics provided an ease of pressure. “This probably happens because orthotics offer further cushioning to that already provided by the shoe midsole,” stated Dr. Sinclair.

Achilles tendon injuries can cause a lot of trouble. If you think you have this kind of condition, pay a visit to podiatrist Dr. Edward Lang of New Orleans Podiatry Associates. Dr. Lang can treat 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

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to Severe Pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • 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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