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Orthotics for the Achilles Tendon


Orthotics for the Achilles Tendon

Orthotic shoe devices are made of rubber, plastic, or other molded material and are inserted into the shoe. Orthotics for the Achilles tendonClick here to see an illustration. stabilize the arch and raise the heel so that there is less pull on the tendon.

Orthotics can usually be found at drugstores or sporting goods stores. Ask your health professional how to use one. Custom-made devices, available by prescription, may fit better and be more effective in controlling pain. But they can be expensive, and most insurance companies do not cover the cost.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Last RevisedJanuary 3, 2011

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