Achilles Tendon Treatment Using Heel Lifts or Shoe Lifts
|Achilles' tendon problems are very common, and
often afflict runners. A good article on treating mild tendonitis can be found at University of Iowa
Health Care, "Achilles Tendonitis", and AchillesTendon.com offers good advice on injury prevention, as well as well-written descriptions of treatment.
Extensive information on various treatments can be found online
at Brukner & Kahn, Clinical Sports Medicine "Pain in the Achilles' Region".
The intent of this document is to offer information about heel lifts used to treat Achilles' tendon inflammation.
The goal of using a heel lift in these circumstances is simply to reduce the strain on the Achilles tendon while allowing you to remain mobile; to permit it to be less stretched and relaxed while healing slowly occurs. Because tendons have no blood supply this healing typically requires weeks or months, and the tendon can easily be re-injured if it is stressed during this time. A standard reference for the effectiveness of this treatment is: "Electromyographic changes of leg muscles with heel lift: therapeutic implications."
Achilles' tendon strains and other related problems are often treated with heel lifts or shoe lifts, to temporarily reduce stress on the tendon:
Heel lifts are commonly prescribed with anti-inflammatives as the most conservative treatment for mild inflammation or hyper-extension of the Achilles tendon, and also after surgical repair of Achilles' ruptures, once any immobilizing cast has been removed.
Suggestions for Heel Lift Use in Achilles Tendon Therapy
Disclaimer: this information has been collected from a variety of sources on the Internet, is provided as a service to guide you in the most effective biomechanical uses of heel lift products, and is not intended as medical advice. Treatment for Achiles tendon problems should always be prescribed and monitored by a health-care professional. ©2002