Achilles tendonitis is a common condition that can cause a significant amount of pain and discomfort. It is caused by inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which runs down the back of the leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. If you’re someone who suffers from this condition, you know how painful and debilitating it can be. As shoe-fitters, we also understand the difficulties and complications of trying to find footwear that helps.
One of the standout brands that we have learned can help with your Achilles tendonitis is HOKA. They are one of our best problem-solvers for Achilles pain, and in this blog we’re going to outline what styles we have, how they differ from each other, and why HOKA can help ease your symptoms. We’ll roughly outline what this condition is and how it affects your feet, so you can get a basic understanding of how they can help you. We have written more about Achilles tendonitis, so if you want to read about the condition in more detail, check out our other blogs.
Understanding Achilles Tendonitis
Achilles tendonitis is a condition that is caused by overuse or injury to the Achilles tendon. It can be caused by activities that involve repetitive motions, such as running or playing sports. It can also be caused by wearing shoes that do not provide adequate support, or are too unstable for your feet. Super soft shoes (like memory foam) are generally too soft, and all the compression and movement could be the cause of overstraining the tendon. This is why HOKA are such a great option, but we’ll get into more detail shortly.
One important thing to note is that Achilles tendonitis is a progressive condition and left untreated, it can lead to more severe problems. Footwear can help alleviate symptoms, but the best course of action to take if you suspect you have Achilles tendonitis is to consult a podiatrist. They’ll assess your feet and give you an accurate diagnosis, as well as an effective treatment plan specific to your needs. A podiatrist may also give you custom orthotics to wear in your shoes.
Why Hoka Shoes Are a Good Choice For Achilles Pain
When it comes to managing your pain, finding the right footwear is crucial. HOKA shoes are a great option thanks to their unique features and benefits. HOKA shoes are primarily designed for runners, however, we have found that they are also great for everyday use thanks to the components and technologies that provide support and cushioning for the foot.
The standout thing with HOKA is that they have nailed the balance between cushioning and structure, whilst remaining extremely lightweight and easy to wear for long periods throughout the day. In order to ease symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, your feet need to be in a consistently stable environment so they can relax and rest in a neutral position – which is exactly what HOKA do. Each style also features meta rocker technology, which is designed to gently roll the foot through the motion of walking and encourage more natural foot movement. This can help to alleviate pressure points and minimise the strain on the joints and tendons in your feet.
One crucial thing that sets HOKA aside from other brands, is that they have cushioning in the heel but it does not excessively compress. This is important as a heel that is too soft or compresses too much can lead to overstraining your Achilles tendon, which can exacerbate your pain. Too much movement at the heel could have been a contributing factor to developing tendonitis in the first place. HOKA reduce the impact of the heel strike, without compromising your balance or creating a surface that is too unstable for your feet.
Another thing to consider is that each style features a fully removable footbed, and leaves you with enough room to use your own inserts. Your podiatrist may choose to prescribe custom orthotics as part of your treatment plan, which can have a big impact on the fit of your shoes. Since the footbed is removable, you should have enough room to use the shoes with your own orthotics. We have written a blog about how to make the most out of your orthotics, which you can read here.
What Hoka Styles Can Help?
It’s important to note that we do not stock the entire HOKA catalogue of shoes, however, we have carefully selected the styles that we know can help with different foot health conditions – including Achilles tendonitis. We have used our experience as shoe-fitters to make this judgement, so we’re are confident that they will provide the necessary support and comfort you’ll need to help manage your condition.
We’ll try to cover the basics of each one to help you make the most informed decision possible. If you want some personalised recommendations based on your personal needs, we do offer a free video consultation service. Otherwise, let’s get into the list.
1 – BONDI
The Bondi is a game-changing shoe for those with Achilles pain. It features a full EVA midsole, breathable mesh upper and signature Meta-Rocker technology for a smooth, balanced stride. The ultra-soft memory foam collar conforms to a variety of ankles, providing cushioning and support for the Achilles. It’s also a neutral sole unit, which is perfect if you are looking for a shoe that won’t overcorrect your gait, or you want to use your own orthotics. If you’re looking for a shoe that will take you far and wide while providing the necessary support and comfort for your Achilles, the Bondi is the perfect choice.
You can see Bondi 8 at shoefit.uk here.
2 – Gaviota
Gaviota features all the HOKA bells and whistles and is similar to the Bondi in terms of the overall structure. The main difference is that Gaviota has an arch supportive sole, so it’s a great choice if you have flatter feet or you overpronate. You can still use your own orthotics with these shoes, but we’d recommend you check with us first. overall, the HOKA Gaviota 4 is a solid choice for anyone looking for a supportive and comfortable shoe that is comfortable to wear over long periods of time, has a versatile design, and can help with your Achilles tendonitis. You can shop for Gaviota here.
3 – arahi
Arahi is another great option if you need a shoe with arch support to prevent overpronation, or if you have flat feet. Despite being a stability shoe, it’s surprisingly lightweight and comfortable. It features the same stabilizing J-Frame technology as other models, a pull tab for easy on and off, and a mesh upper with zones of breathability. The Arahi is an excellent choice if you want a support shoe that is easy to wear, lightweight and exceptionally comfortable. It’s designed to provide the necessary support and comfort for your Achilles tendon and arch, and will sustain the high levels of comfort even with long periods of use. Find Arahi on shoefit.uk here.
4 – clifton
Clifton is similar to the Bondi. It’s a neutral sole unit, so it does not have any arch support. It will be more suitable for you if you have high arch feet, or have an orthotic that you want to use in the shoes. Clifton is an award-winning shoe that continues to deliver the perfect combination of softness and lightness. It’s crafted with a lighter, more responsive midsole and the same ride characteristics as the earliest versions. It features a streamlined silhouette and updated upper made from breathable mesh. It’s designed to provide the necessary comfort and support for your Achilles tendon. You can shop for Clifton 8 on our site here.
5 – anacapa
If you’re looking for a more robust hiking boot that both withstand the rigours of outdoors and help alleviate your symptoms, the HOKA Anacapa Mid GORE-TEX is going to be the one to go for. It’s a neutral sole boot that is rugged, durable, and maintains the lightweight profile of other HOKA. It features the signature extended-heel geometry for a smooth ride on the trails, providing the necessary support and comfort for your Achilles. The GORE-TEX lining will also offer all the water resistance you’ll need when you’re out exploring the bold outdoors. You can shop for Anacapa at ShoeFit.uk here.
In conclusion, HOKA shoes are a great option for those dealing with Achilles tendonitis pain. The brand’s unique design and technology provide excellent support and stability, which can help alleviate stress on the Achilles tendon. Additionally, this brand is known for comfort, making them a suitable choice for those who need to wear them for extended periods of time. The designs also make them versatile for a variety of activities, whether it be running or everyday wear.
We hope this overview has been useful for anyone considering wearing HOKA shoes to help with Achilles tendonitis pain. At ShoeFit.uk, we carry a wide variety of styles, so you can find the perfect pair to suit your needs. And if you need any help in selecting the right pair for you, we are happy to offer a free video call with a member of our team. They will be able to provide you with expert advice and help you find the perfect pair of shoes to help alleviate your Achilles pain.
So, don’t wait any longer, book a free video call today and start feeling comfortable and pain-free again.