Dr. Jonathan Sinclair of the University of Central Lancashire conducted a study regarding orthotic insoles and how they can prevent an Achilles tendon injury. The study focused on 12 male runners and observed them as they ran with and without orthotic insoles. The surface they ran on was a mat equipped with special sensors to measure their strike force.
The study shows that wearing orthotic insoles improved the runners’ resistances to Achilles tendon injuries by dampening the amount of pressure of the tendon in question. “This probably happens because orthotics offer further cushioning to that already provided by the shoe midsole,” Dr. Sinclair claims.
Achilles tendon injuries can be very serious and should always be treated by a medical professional. If you think you have this kind of condition, pay a visit to podiatrist Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Dr. Sanginario can help you make a complete recovery from your Achilles tendon issue.
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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