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Definition  
Achilles tendinitis is generally precipitated by overuse and is more common among athletes training under less than ideal conditions. There may be swelling, inflammation or tears on the Achilles tendon. Indications can vary from an ache or pain and stiffness to tendon or a burning that surrounds the whole area. Heel lift 2/16th  
   
Cause  
There are several factors that can cause achilles tendonitis. The most common cause is over-pronation. Over-pronation occurs in the walking process, when the arch collapses upon weight bearing, adding stress on the achilles tendon.Other factors that lead to achilles tendonitis are improper shoe selection, inadequate stretching prior to engaging in athletics, a short achilles tendon, direct trauma (injury) to the tendon, and heel bone deformity.    
How Orthotics Can Help  
Athletes, particularly runners, should incorporate a thorough stretching program to properly warm-up the muscles. They should decrease the distance of their walk or run, apply ice after the activity and avoid any uphill climbs. Athletes should use an orthotic device, heel cup, or heel cradle for extra support.  
Athletes should use an orthotic device, heel cup, or heel cradle for extra support.A heel cup or heel cradle elevates the heel to reduce stress and pressure on the achilles tendon. Our orthotic devices can be used to control over-pronation while supporting the longitudinal arch, and reducing stress on the achilles tendon.  

If the problem persists, consult your foot doctor.

 
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