Shoes to cope with Achilles Tendonitis

BRS1076

New User
Hey all,

I am a couple months removed from rupturing my plantaris (the appendix of the calf). Since returning to the courts, I have noticed a pronounced chronic soreness in both ankles (Achilles) the morning after hitting. I originally just chalked it up to having a month off from all exercise and a loss of flexibility. After getting back to the gym and the tennis court, I have been stretching. However, since the prior injury was in one leg, I'm leaning towards thinking that the soreness is in part due to my shoes. The current shoes are the NB 996v3. I guess I have been experiencing a more general stiffness in the Achilles in the mornings for 6 the past months which is about when I bought the shoes.

Have any of you experienced this before? Which shoes did you move to? I previously used the get the Rush Pro 2.0s or the Gel Resolutions 6 and don't recall having this kind of ankle soreness.

Thanks,

BRS
 

Fintft

Legend
On hard courts I'm using Nike Lunar Ballistecs (or the former air version) but with Dr Scholl's active insoles.

On clay I sued Gel Resolution 7 with the same insoles!
 

mikeler

Moderator
Dump the shoes for sure. Anytime I buy a new pair that causes any pain, they become walking shoes after that. I like the Thorlo socks which are thick and provide good comfort. A good insole should help too.
 

PierreMBK

New User
Hey all,

I am a couple months removed from rupturing my plantaris (the appendix of the calf). Since returning to the courts, I have noticed a pronounced chronic soreness in both ankles (Achilles) the morning after hitting. I originally just chalked it up to having a month off from all exercise and a loss of flexibility. After getting back to the gym and the tennis court, I have been stretching. However, since the prior injury was in one leg, I'm leaning towards thinking that the soreness is in part due to my shoes. The current shoes are the NB 996v3. I guess I have been experiencing a more general stiffness in the Achilles in the mornings for 6 the past months which is about when I bought the shoes.

Have any of you experienced this before? Which shoes did you move to? I previously used the get the Rush Pro 2.0s or the Gel Resolutions 6 and don't recall having this kind of ankle soreness.

Thanks,

BRS
I started to have Achilles pain after intense practice of tennis. I had the Gel Res 7. I changed and switch to the Ubersonic 2 and the pain went more important after 4 months but 4 months of really intense practice and lot of tournament matches. I did some medical exams and didn't find anything except a short Achilles tendon which required lot of stretching. The other (temporary) solution is to choose shoes with an important heel to toe drop (such as yours...). But the most important is stretching your ankles and calfs (only if you are not injured, otherwise stretching is harmful). My doctor told to me to stop about 1 month and do stretching every day.
I had some important tournaments and didn't want to withdraw so I chose the first option: shoes with important heel to toe drop. I reduced my practice of tennis, only 2 or 3 times a week but reducing the time of practice, less tournament matches and always warm up before tennis with some dynamic stretching (only 2 or 3 second each stretching). And static stretching minimum 2 hours after tennis and stretching everyday. Now it's ok. I wish you the same ;-)

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sredna42

Hall of Fame
I started to have Achilles pain after intense practice of tennis. I had the Gel Res 7. I changed and switch to the Ubersonic 2 and the pain went more important after 4 months but 4 months of really intense practice and lot of tournament matches. I did some medical exams and didn't find anything except a short Achilles tendon which required lot of stretching. The other (temporary) solution is to choose shoes with an important heel to toe drop (such as yours...). But the most important is stretching your ankles and calfs (only if you are not injured, otherwise stretching is harmful). My doctor told to me to stop about 1 month and do stretching every day.
I had some important tournaments and didn't want to withdraw so I chose the first option: shoes with important heel to toe drop. I reduced my practice of tennis, only 2 or 3 times a week but reducing the time of practice, less tournament matches and always warm up before tennis with some dynamic stretching (only 2 or 3 second each stretching). And static stretching minimum 2 hours after tennis and stretching everyday. Now it's ok. I wish you the same ;-)

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That makes sense. You raise the heel and load is taken from the achilles/heel straight away. The flip side being the load is transferred to forefoot instead I'd imagine

I have been getting bad achilles pain in one foot outta nowhere, theres no way to tighten kswiss hypercourt express as theres no ankle loop (which i think all tennis shoes should have) and were i to achieve a slight heel toe drop via inserts, i think my foot would sit too high to adequately lock the ankle in anymore, since the hypercourts are cut moderately low there.

I've just been locking my ankle with an ankle strap and strategically placed tape, but new shoes are on the horizon I think
 

PierreMBK

New User
My physio told me that ice is limited. It's just for your comfort but almost inefficient to really treat. He saw last scientific studies and told me that Pros are stopping treating their injuries with ice. The only therapy with cold which is really efficient is cryotherapy (entire body). But it's really expensive and you can't find cryotherapy center everywhere.

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Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
My physio told me that ice is limited. It's just for your comfort but almost inefficient to really treat. He saw last scientific studies and told me that Pros are stopping treating their injuries with ice. The only therapy with cold which is really efficient is cryotherapy (entire body). But it's really expensive and you can't find cryotherapy center everywhere.

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Best use of ice from experience was to ease swelling of my elbow after playing. Used ice on my achilles to ease pain. Eventually had two cortisone shots to quiet the inflammation.
 
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BRS1076

New User
On hard courts I'm using Nike Lunar Ballistecs (or the former air version) but with Dr Scholl's active insoles.

On clay I sued Gel Resolution 7 with the same insoles!
Thanks everyone for the advice. WIth regards to insoles, did you just do the Dr. Scholl's foot scan or see a podiatrist?

Thanks,

BRS
 

BRS1076

New User
I started to have Achilles pain after intense practice of tennis. I had the Gel Res 7. I changed and switch to the Ubersonic 2 and the pain went more important after 4 months but 4 months of really intense practice and lot of tournament matches. I did some medical exams and didn't find anything except a short Achilles tendon which required lot of stretching. The other (temporary) solution is to choose shoes with an important heel to toe drop (such as yours...). But the most important is stretching your ankles and calfs (only if you are not injured, otherwise stretching is harmful). My doctor told to me to stop about 1 month and do stretching every day.
I had some important tournaments and didn't want to withdraw so I chose the first option: shoes with important heel to toe drop. I reduced my practice of tennis, only 2 or 3 times a week but reducing the time of practice, less tournament matches and always warm up before tennis with some dynamic stretching (only 2 or 3 second each stretching). And static stretching minimum 2 hours after tennis and stretching everyday. Now it's ok. I wish you the same ;-)

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Thanks for the advice! In terms of stretching so you have any books or videos you would recommend? I have Stretching by Bob Anderson.

Thanks!

BRS
 

Fintft

Legend
Thanks everyone for the advice. WIth regards to insoles, did you just do the Dr. Scholl's foot scan or see a podiatrist?

Thanks,

BRS
No, I tried bunch of insoles and the best ones were a Dr Scholls Active model, which I couldn't find anymore btw starting last year. Instead they came up with similar, but worse models, imho....
 

PierreMBK

New User
Thanks for the advice! In terms of stretching so you have any books or videos you would recommend? I have Stretching by Bob Anderson.

Thanks!

BRS
You're welcome. I do some stretching exercises from the physio but it's really common.

Just an important thing: if your Achilles is painful, on the morning etc. Avoid eccentric stretching exercises or muscle development exercises for calf etc. It's harmful. Just do classic static stretches until you will feel better.
Never force, just stretch quietly at least 20 seconds per exercise (3 times if you would like to be more flexible) out of sport (minimum 2 hours after sport).

But the most important is never stretching if you are injured. I did some medical exams to know (X-ray and ultrasound first but nothing and few weeks after it remained painful and I did MRI and still nothing). It was just important stiffness and required important stretching. I practiced tennis intensively and needed to reduce and stretch everyday until feeling better.

I would check some videos to see if I find my exercises to share ;-)

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mmk

Hall of Fame
I had a really tight/sore achilles tendon for a while, using kinesio tape helped. I no longer need it, as the tightness/pain went away after a few months.

 

PierreMBK

New User
I had a really tight/sore achilles tendon for a while, using kinesio tape helped. I no longer need it, as the tightness/pain went away after a few months.

Thanks, yesterday I had my first team matches of the season and I played a double followed by a simple. It was very long almost 4 hours in total and after coming back home my previous Achilles pain came back. I went to the doctor today and I'd probably try shock waves (I didn't find the exact English translation sorry). Apparently it's a good treatment against Achilles tendinitis. I'd wait some days to see if it's a reel tendinitis.

Between the double and simple I changed my shoes cause I had foot blisters and put my Asics Gel Court FF (first version, not the Djokovic one). But the issue with this shoe is feeling really tight around the ankle cause of the booty construction. I don't think it's a good shoe for Achilles pain. That's why I stopped to wear it before.

Thanks for the K-Tape for Achilles, I would tell it to the physio next time :). I had K-Tape for my knees this summer and I think it helped.

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Dartagnan64

Legend
Superfeet insoles and heel drop exercises fixed my Achilles tendinitis. Although it does still creep up if I'm lazy about heel drops.
 
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