Effectiveness of foot orthoses for Achilles tendinopathy

Are customised foot orthoses effective in the rehabilitation of mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy?

Foot orthoses are a non-surgical intervention that has been recommended in clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy. It has been hypothesised that they may reduce the bending stress by correcting abnormal eversion of the calcaneous in those with excessive pronation, increase rearfoot movement variability, and/or improve proximal musculature activation; thereby reducing Achilles tendon strain. The aim of the current study was to evaluate the effectiveness of customised foot orthoses in chronic mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy.


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