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The achilles tendon is the large tendon located in the back of the leg that inserts into the heel. Achilles tendonitis causes inflammation and degeneration of the achilles tendon. The pain can be a shooting pain, burning pain, or even an extremely piercing pain. Achilles tendonitis should not be left untreated due to the danger that the tendon can become weak and ruptured.

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.
Proper footcare is especially critical for people suffering from Achilles Tendonitis because they are prone to problems such as:

-Inflammation and degeneration of the Achilles tendon

-Pain when steps are taken after long periods of sitting

-Shooting or burning pain
A heel cup or heel cradle elevates the heel to reduce stress and pressure on the achilles tendon. The device should be made with light-weight, shock absorbing materials. An orthotic device can be used to control over-pronation, support the longitudinal arch, and reduce stress on the achilles tendon.
The information contained on the DiabestMedical.com website is provided for your general information only. DiabestMedical.com under no circumstances recommends particular treatment for specific individuals and in all cases recommends that you consult your physician or local treatment center before pursuing any course of treatment.
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