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i have achilles tendonitis, should i wear high heels or flat shoes?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
You may have less: Pain in the high heels as the achilles functions less. Ideally, you should wear neither. Stick with a good shoe or sneaker, consider a small heel lift, ice the achilles....
Dr. Vic Kalman
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
What is Cause?: I agree with recommendation for heel lift as it takes tension off the achilles. Question is how did it start? If gradual over time then ice, lift, stretching and eccentric strengthening-physical therapy may help. If you are limping a walking boot may help until pain calms down then progress. If this is the result of an impact injury this could be stress injury. All heel pain is not the same.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

A doctor has recommended shoes for Achilles tendonitis.Should i wear them?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Patient preference: Some do well in the MBT style shoe, others do well with a wedge, when the heel has some height then you preload the tendon so it doesn't have to work as hard.

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