Achilles tendonitis can be one of the more frustrating injuries to deal with as a runner. However, it is relatively common, and something members of the On ZAP Endurance team have dealt with. This is an injury where taking some rest may often be the best thing to do, especially if the condition is worsening with training. One important thing to consider is how to select a shoe for achilles tendonitis relief.
Zero drop footwear can exacerbate achilles tendonitis. Opting for footwear with more support and heel to toe drop can help alleviate pain. Additionally, high heels can wreak havoc on the achilles. High heels put the achilles in a severely shortened position. Then when it’s time to run and the achilles is forced to extend and contract, it’s ill-prepared to do so.
On the flip side, if the achilles is strained and extended in a zero drop shoe this can lead to injury and inflammation. The situation can be compounded if your calves are particularly tight. Try spending most of your time walking around in an 6-10mm drop shoe for achilles tendonitis relief. The additional support and lift can make a big difference.