Today we’ll be reviewing 9 of the best running shoes for Achilles Tendonitis.
It is an ailment that takes its name from a Greek warrior, Achilles. Like him, you could be battling your own worthy opponent called Achilles Tendonitis. It’s most likely a nagging pain in the back of your ankle.
The Achilles Tendon is the strongest tendon in the body. Connecting the calf to the heel bone, the Achilles Tendon helps propel us when we walk, jump or run and it keeps that spring in our step. But when it’s irritated, you can feel it burning. So how do you know if you have Achilles Tendonitis? Here are some of the symptoms:
Swelling, warmth and redness in the back of your lower leg.
Pain in the back of your ankle, about 2 inches above your heel.
Noticeable pain after you stretch your calves.
If you have any or all of those symptoms, then you may have Achilles Tendonitis. Now let’s talk about the cause of this condition.
Causes of Achilles Tendonitis
Tight calf muscles due to improper stretching.
Injury caused by repetitive overuse of the Achilles Tendon, for example from long distance running. These can cause inflammation and burning pain in the back of the ankle.
If left untreated, Achilles Tendonitis sometimes causes a deformity of the heel bone. Although this is rare, we recommend you consult a podiatrist for a professional diagnosis. Most doctors agree that stretching and exercise can help prevent Achilles Tendonitis. You can stretch your calf muscles before physical activities, and you can strengthen your calf muscles by doing exercises like calf raises. (pic).
If you feel irritation, the best treatment can be rest. Stop all physical activity that causes pain in your Achilles tendon. As the pain goes away, make sure to massage and ice your leg for up to 20 minutes three times a day.
There are other smart solutions to help keep the mighty Achilles Tendon stretched out and free from discomfort. I recommend you just lift it. Lifting can help to reduce tension and relieve the inflammation. You can use heel cushions in your shoes to lift. Support straps can also be used to help compress the tendon and lift the heel for some relief. And, try running shoes with at least 1 inch heel. You can also stretch your Achilles tendon. Wearing a night splint can help to gently stretch the tendon overnight. A specialized stretching device can be used to relieve pain and strengthen your Achilles tendon. Finally, just stabilize it. If you tend to overpronate, select and orthotic insole to help correct your walk, stabilize your foot and absorb the shock.
It is a premium daily running shoe designed for the neutral to underpronator looking for high energizing cushioning. One of the key updates to the Nimbus 18 would be the new heel counter. The heel counter offers a little bit more support to the runner in conjunction with a new FluidFit upper. The men’s has a 10mm heel-to-toe drop and the women’s has a 13mm drop. The women’s version has 3mm of extra comfort for Achilles tension. The tongue and collar are pretty plush and is going to feel great on your ankles and Achilles tendon.
Known for its plush cushioning, the 18th version of this series utilizes a new gel placement designed to improve adaptability on the road.
It has a mesh upper with synthetic overlays along with FluidFit upper technology that adapts to the foot for a really glove-like fit and feel. It also has a breathable seamless upper construction which reduces the likelihood of irritation as well as a nice lace-up closure for a nice snug fit.
The inside has a nice and soft fabric lining that feels really great next to your skin as well as the Comfordry X40 sockliner so you’re feeling fresh all day long.
There is a FluidRide technology in the midsole that provides the ultimate combination of bounceback, lightweight responsiveness, and cushioning properties. There’s also rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning systems to help attenuate shock during impact and toe-off phases. With this new version, we have Convergence Gel which is closer to the foot helping with cushioning properties and really makes sure you’re floating on clouds.
This shoe also has gender-specific cushioning that uses a lower density midsole top layer that allows the ladies to better enjoy midsole compression benefits.
At the bottom, you have a Guidance Trusstic System that supplies and enhances the gait efficiency without compromising midfoot structural integrity. Everything comes on an AHAR rubber (Asics High Abrasion Rubber) outsole which really helps with durability and traction.
Updated from the Kayano 20, the Kayano 21 is a well-cushioned stability shoe designed for mild to moderate overpronators. Two main features the Kayano 21 kept from the Kayano 20 is the stability system offered by Dynamic Duomax and also the FluidFit in the upper which gives a form-fitting wrap around the midfoot.
One of the biggest updates to the Kayano 21 is the reduction in weight. The men’s size 9 weighs in at 11.3oz and the women’s model, which comes with gender specific cushioning, only weighs in at 8.9oz making both shoes the lightest Kayanos yet. Another update to this shoe is the redesigned crashpad providing a smoother transition from the heel to the midfoot and slowing the rate of pronation.
It does have a form-fitting appeal to it in large part due to the FluidFit in the upper which gives a good wrap around the foot and I also felt the toe box to be a little wider. The Kayano 21 feels more like the Kayano 19 whereas the 20 feels a little narrow in the forefoot. I like the responsiveness of this model compared to the previous models. Also, I really enjoyed the cushioning in this model. Asics has added more gel in the heel and the forefoot.
So things I like about the shoe: It’s definitely softer than the 20 and the gel unit from the heel to the forefoot makes this a smoother ride. The wider toe box is a lot better and allows more room for the toes to splay with each stride. Likewise, I felt it’s more supportive in the arch as a runner with low arches, the more arch support I can get in a stability shoe the better.
This the ideal shoe for the mild to moderate overpronator. The support in these shoes is provided by the Dynamic Duomax Support System in the arch of the shoe. Just like its predecessor, The GT 2000 3 uses Asics’ trademark gel cushioning system. This tried and tested cushioning makes the shoe a great choice whether you’re a new runner or training for a marathon.
This updated model has Asics’ new FluidRide midsole for a more responsive and bouncy feel. It also has a brand new external heel clutching system specifically designed for mild to moderate overpronation. This new system gives great heel support and provides more support in the medial side of the shoe.
Even with all these new additions, the new 2000 3 is the lightest ever edition.
These neutral trainers are ideal for the new and low mileage runner. It has an open mesh upper with supportive synthetic overlays throughout for style and functionality. It has a lightly cushioned collar and tongue for added comfort. The laces-up system helps lock the foot into place. It comes with rearfoot gel cushioning to give you excellent shock absorption and a super comfortable midsole to keep your feet feeling great with every step.
The inside has a soft fabric lining along with a removable sockliner so you can accommodate a custom orthotic.
It all sits on a durable rubber outsole that provides lightweight cushioning and a ton of flexibility.
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3 best Mizuno running shoes for Achilles Tendonitis
With the 18th version of the Rider series, runners will find a neutral daily running shoe with firmer cushioning and a smooth feel for an effortless transition on the road. Along with a redesigned two-peace upper, the Rider 18 improves upon its previous generation while still providing a classic Mizuno feel.
Upon trying on the Rider 18, runners noticed a firm responsive cushioning that gave this shoe a slightly faster feel. Through the shoe’s lightweight U4ic midsole, the Mizuno Rider 18 provides plenty of shock absorption without sacrificing performance. This versatile neutral trainer is a great option for distance training but firm enough to be used for your occasional tempo run. Even up to the Marathon distance, this shoe is going to provide a cushioned yet lightweight option.
Year after year, the Rider series is known for its smooth transition allowing runners to run effortlessly mile after mile. Upon hitting the roads, runners noted a consistent underfoot feel at a variety of paces. The continued use of Mizuno’s trusted Wave Plate creates a springy sensation along with increased torsional rigidity between the heel and forefoot. While the shoe is extremely smooth, runners did notice the 12mm drop as paces increase.
On the upper, you will be impressed with an improved fit felt similar to the 16th version of the Wave Rider. With a revamped two-piece air mesh upper, the wrap of the Rider 18 provides a snug breathable experience. While the upper is not quite as plush as the previous version, runners felt the Rider 18 felt true to the classic Mizuno feel. While fit of the Rider 18 is standard, you’ll notice a slightly lower volume design which provided a snugger midfoot wrap with slightly more room in the forefoot.
With firm cushioning and a smooth transition, Mizuno Wave Rider 18 provides runners with a versatile neutral daily running shoe ready to go the distance.
The Inspire series is Mizuno’s core stability shoe. It’s designed for the overpronator runner whose foot lands and then rolls too far inside placing a lot of extra pressure on the arch and the big toe. Mizuno combats that by using a plastic Wave Plate to reinforce the medial side and holes on the lateral side to help the shoe to compress.
This is has been in Mizuno’s line-up for ten years. The 10th version underwent a very big change, a new midsole and a new upper. The 11th version of this series carries over the same midsole but with a new upper on top. The Inspire 10 has completely welded overlays on the upper, but the Inspire 11’s only welded overlay is found on the lateral side in form of plastic panel. The 10 has printed Runbird logo, but the 11 has like a thermoplastic sewn on logo. All these add up to make the shoe a little bit more structured.
The outsole of this shoe is blown rubber along with Mizuno’s XT 10 carbon rubber for better durability. The midsole foam is Mizuno’s U4ic foam which is a reformulation of AP+ Foam. Mizuno claims the foam to be lighter while still retaining all the cushioning and stability properties of the previous AP+ Foam.
Also in the heel, there’s a wedge of SR Touch Foam that also further cushions and dissipates shock on heel strike.
For those who have never tried on a Mizuno before, the Wave Prophecy 4 is Mizuno’s ultimate cushion running shoe and boasts the ultimate in Mizuno Wave Technology. The shoe’s infinity double Wave provides full foot cushion, transfers energy smoothly from heel strike to toe-off, and gives runners a sensation that they’re floating across the ground. In fact, the shoe has an almost springy feel that makes for a fun running experience.
For those familiar with the Wave Prophecy, Mizuno have refined the upper on the Prophecy 4 to give you a lighter weight more breathable mesh. They’ve returned to the two-piece construction in the midfoot with the stitched on Runbird logo to really wrap and hug that arch. They’ve continued with the same improvement that the Prophecy 3 brought with a more flexible forefoot, a softer heel and a lighter overall construction.
The Prophecy 4 is kind of stiff and also heavier than many other running shoes. Mizuno have extended the Wave Plates all the way to the front of the sole making the shoe durable and highly responsive. The Prophecy 4 is well suited for major mileage or for runners who need a break from the more minimalist styles that are so common.
The foam used in the midsole is Mizuno U4ic compound which does help to keep the weight of the shoe manageable. The outsole is fairly flat and not designed for trails at all. But on the roads and hard pack flat trails, this shoe comes on its own and exemplifies what Mizuno calls Mezamashii, a brilliant and eye-opening run in Japanese.
The Prophecy 4 is visually striking as it’s inspired by color-shifting cuttlefish. The upper breaths well and it’s very comfortable. The fit is similar to other Mizuno shoes and the feel is comfortable if a bit firmer underfoot.
The Prophecy 4 is a 12mm drop weighing 12.3oz for men size 9 and 10.2oz in a size 8 for women.
If you are looking for a durable supportive road shoe that will feel lighter than it is and carry you as many miles as you can handle while also drawing some intrigue looks from other runners, the Wave Prophecy 4 may be just what you’re looking for.
2 best New Balance running shoes for Achilles Tendonitis
New Balance actually split the Fresh Foam Line into two different shoes. The Boracay is actually the update to the original 980 that launched back in 2014.
The big thing with the Boracay is cushioning. New Balance uses what they call Fresh Foam midsole, all one density with no plastic shank giving the runner a smooth transition through the shoe no matter where they strike. So if you’re a heel striker or if you’re more of a forefoot runner, or even if you tend to strike on the outside a little bit more, the Boracay provides a smooth transition from heel strike to toe-off.
Another unique feature to the Fresh Foam midsole is New Balance’s ability to get stability through geometry. What I mean by that is that if you take a look at the midsole, you’ll see there are certain areas of the foam that are concave and certain areas that are convex to add more support in certain areas where runners need it and more release in where they don’t. So where the foam is convex, generally runners need a little bit more stability. Conversely, if you take a look at the lateral side, most of the foam is concave, meaning that generally in those areas runners don’t necessarily need as much stability.
Another key update to the Fresh Foam Boracay is the upper. New Balance uses a two-way stretch mesh which should provide a little bit more of a generous fit than the original Fresh Foam 980. New Balance also uses some heat welded overlays to provide additional stability but keep the shoe lightweight. Also, New Balance added a little bit of a neoprene piece so where the tongue ties into the shoe, you can still pull and it has a little bit of give to it. So after you tie the shoe you can still be able to pull on the tongue without getting any of that creasing or pulling in the toe box.
The Boracay still maintains that 4 mm hell-to-toe offset that was originally found in the 980. So checking in at 9.3oz on the men’s side and 7.6oz on the women’s, you can still expect a lightweight cushioned ride from the Fresh Foam Boracay.
This is one of the first times New Balance has named a shoe rather than giving it numbers. The idea on the Boracay is because of the plush ride and the smoothness of the shoe New Balance has named the shoe after a Beach in the Philippines, super-soft, exotic and beautiful.
The Vazee Rush is a great option for the neutral runner after nice snappy lightweight ride. This neutral shoe is built with the versatility to withstand high-performance running and in-gym training sessions. It has a nice lace-up system with a midfoot saddle to hug that foot and make sure everything stays locked into place during those multi-directional movements. It has a deconstructed heel counter in the back with a no-sew overlay for added support.
The Vazee Rush is one of the lightest additions to New Balance range. The Rush is all about speed and lightweightness aimed to keep the runner close to the ground with a fast aggressive ride. It features a highly breathable mesh upper with lightweight synthetic overlays to give you some added structural integrity without weighing the shoe down. It features a lightly padded tongue and collar, soft fabric lining and a removable insole to give you the option to use your custom insole.
This shoe utilizes REVlite Technology, New Balance’s foam which is 30% than their traditional cushioning midsole technologies. The REVlite midsole foam delivers energy return with every stride you take. It has a really durable blown rubber outsole with a Podular design to really give the runner that great first feel underfoot and encourage quick heel-to-toe transition. On top of that, there’s a bootie construction to allow the foot to feel nice and snug within the shoe.