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Much like Achilles from Homer’s Iliad or of Greek mythology, an injury to the back of the ankle can bring many of us to our knees, so to speak. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone and is the strongest tendon in the body. It is essential for both day-to-day activities and athletics. This tendon allows you to walk, run, jump, and do other activities.
Thus, inflammation of the Achilles tendon, known as Achilles tendonitis, should not be ignored. If left unaddressed, the resulting pain, swelling and irritation of tendonitis can evolve into something even more debilitating, not to mention it increases the likelihood of a rupture (tear) of the Achilles tendon that can only be healed via surgery.
There are a number of orthotics for Achilles tendonitis that treat the chronic inflammation or tissue degeneration of the tendon that plagues those with this condition. This degeneration or inflammation is typically caused by overuse or putting too much strain on the Achilles tendon.
Our Achilles tendonitis wrap contains two silicone inserts—one located beside the Achilles tendon and the other beneath the heel. These enable the brace to ease pressure on the tendon and provide pressure to the affected region, at intervals, to reduce swelling.
This knitted ankle support for Achilles tendonitis keeps the ankle in a slight plantar flexion position. The brace also features heel wedges for Achilles tendonitis to lift the heel and provide further pain relief—one for the affected foot and the other to prevent leg-length differences.
In addition, these heel cups for Achilles tendonitis help reduce shock on joints and the spine.
And further making this ankle brace for Achilles tendonitis easy to use, it is lightweight, breathable and machine-washable.
Many doctors recommend using an Achilles tendonitis night splint to keep the foot upright at night to ease inflammation and treat the pain when you are not putting force on the Achilles tendon. BraceAbility offers a number of night splints for Achilles tendonitis at discounted prices.
Consider the popular padded nighttime boot splint for Achilles tendonitis. This splint features a simple design and memory foam padding to ensure user comfort without compromising a secure, stable fit.
Looking for even more support? An Achilles tendonitis boot that supports the foot and encloses the ankle and lower calf can provide even more stability while restricting movement that may be injuring or re-injuring the Achilles tendon.
This along with Achilles tendonitis braces can be helpful for post-operative use following an Achilles tendonitis tear, as well.
As you may have inferred from the previous Achilles tendonitis ankle brace talk, shoe inserts for Achilles tendonitis can also be helpful for easing the strain on the Achilles tendon and the pain associated with the formation of any bone spurs as a side effect. These heel pads for Achilles tendonitis lift the heel, diminishing any strain on the Achilles tendon, itself.
Compression socks for Achilles tendonitis are another treatment and prevention option. Similar to the wraps or taping recommended as a home treatment for Achilles tendonitis, these can help prevent or reduce swelling of the foot and ankle. This style of the sock can also be helpful for certain medical conditions associated with tendonitis, such as diabetes.
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