Achilles pain

Footwear for Achilles pain.

Supporting treatment for Achilles-related injuries.

Our latest footwear for Achilles pain.

Do you suffer from Achilles pain?

If you have Achilles pain, or Achilles tendonosis (tendonitis), you may find yourself struggling with your day-to-day activities. Depending on how serious your injury may be, often is the case that we don’t give the tendon adequate rest.

In addition to this – after having seen countless people with Achilles pain – we, as shoe-fitters, believe that your footwear plays a vital role in both easing the symptoms and preventing the condition in the first place. This is because there are specific properties of footwear that can allow your lower limbs to relax after strenuous exercise, for instance.

Getting yourself fitted with the correct footwear should be part of your treatment plan and solution.

Your options.

The question is, where do you start? There are hundreds of footwear brands out there, and their technical information can be overwhelming. What’s more, is that if you don’t have the means of visiting an experienced shoe-fitter, you’re likely to be stuck at what to do next.

Even if you do manage to navigate your way through the rabbit hole of Achilles pain footwear, there are other problems that seem to crop up. It may be that you found something that you like and you’re positive that it will help, but it ends up putting the brakes on your recovery. Or, it may be that you’ve received what you need from an online marketplace, only to find that the size that you ordered doesn’t fit. Whatever the case may be, let’s face it: there’s a whole other headache to finding footwear to help manage your Achilles pain.

This is where we step in.

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How we can help.

Your options are something that we have considered for a very long time…and this is how ShoeFit.uk was devised. Our service is about helping you to find the most suitable footwear for your feet and finding your fit. All this simply means is that we do the heavy lifting, and you’ll receive what you need in the size that’s right for your feet – the first-time round.

Our experience – of over 20 years in a brick-and-mortar shop – is based on having worked with many podiatrists, clinics, and health care professionals (HCPs) around the UK. This, and the countless patients that have been referred to us, as well as those who just happened to find us online. Therefore, we understand the different situations that Achilles pain sufferers go through, and as a result, how to help them.

If you’re ready to find a solution today, continue to read the next steps.

1. See a podiatrist.

If you believe that you’re suffering from Achilles pain and have not yet been diagnosed, then the first thing that we highly recommend you doing is to see a podiatrist. While our content has been created in conjunction with the Royal College of Podiatry, it is not a substitute for professional assessment, diagnosis, or treatment. Your podiatrist will be able to give you specific details about your condition.

Find a podiatrist near you by using our store locator, which lists all of our known clinics and health care professionals (HCPs) around the UK.

2. Book your free shopping appointment.

Once you’re ready to find a new pair of footwear to support your treatment plan, it’s best to book your free personal shopping appointment with us. This is an opportunity to speak with one of our expert shoe-fitters and narrow down choices for you. We’ll take into consideration any extra support that you need e.g. orthotics, and any preferences such as fastening type, and of course, colours!

The appointment is at no cost to you; at whatever time fits around your busy day; and from the comfort of your own home.

These all refer to the same condition, where tendonosis is the medical term and is commonly referred to in error as tendonitis.

In general, the best footwear for Achilles tendonitis is that which can provide good cushioning at the heel, as well as effective arch support.

In general, footwear that is ill-fitting, has very little to no cushioning, and not enough arch support should be avoided.

Shoes that we recommend are good for Achilles tendonitis include those from Brooks, and HOKA.

For specific styles, it’s best to book your free personal shopping appointment with us, because good shoes take into account a number of other aspects as well.

Ignoring the symptoms of your Achilles tendonitis can cause severe damage to your lower-limb health. Continuing to engage in activities that affect the tendon or walking on hard, uneven surfaces can worsen your pain and lead to inflammation.

If you are overweight, this also has the chance to affect your tendon, because your lower limbs are taking the pressure from the weight of your upper body.

If you wear shoes that are ill-fitting, have little to no cushioning and arch support, there’s a chance that they can contribute to Achilles pain. However, they will not likely be a direct cause of it.

Flat shoes do not have any cushioning, and therefore can’t protect your feet against impacts; especially if you’re living in an area where there is uneven, hard terrain — such as pavement.

Specific trainers that offer no support for your feet may contribute to Achilles tendonitis. However, trainers in general will not directly cause Achilles tendonitis.

On the other hand, trainers with ample support, along with care in the activities that you take part in, can help you to avoid the condition altogether.