According to a new study done by scientists at the University of Central Lancashire, runners who wear orthotic insoles have a lower chance of injuring their Achilles tendons than those who don’t wear them. While conducting the study, the researchers recorded data about the biomechanics and strike forces of 12 male test subjects as they ran on a sensor-equipped mat.

The scientists discovered that when the runners wore insoles on their feet, the load placed on their Achilles tendons was much less. “This probably happens because orthotics offer further cushioning to that already provided by the shoe midsole,” said Jonathan Sinclair of Central Lancashire’s Division of Sport, Exercise, and Nutritional Sciences.

Having an injured Achilles tendon is always a very painful and unpleasant experience. To get help with this kind of problem, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco will identify the specific nature of your condition and get you the proper care.

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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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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