Painful Achilles Tendon: Flat Footed Slippers, Sandals, and Shoes Might be the Culprit
One of my patients on massage called me yesterday to give them (with her mother, and older sister) massage therapy at their home.
She complained that her left achilles tendon is painful. I asked what might have caused it but there is nothing she can remember. All she knows was she was carrying vegetables she bought and was walking when the pain started to bother her.
From that explanation, I asked if she was wearing slippers that are flat which confirmed. She asked me how did I know – I told her, it was from experience.
Experience taught me that wearing flat slippers and shoes can result to achilles tendon problems.
That is why the experts on shoes always advise their customers to find shoes that are comfortable to their foot, and if necessary, to use sole padding to distribute the weight of the body.
Flat shoes and slippers make the heel receives most of our weight while we walk and standing. When we walk, the impact of our weight is received by the heels. Usually we feel the problem even in 24 hours to a month or longer, depending on how much distance we walk each day. Our weight also plays a heavy impact to the heels.
Many people do not know why they have painful achilles tendon because they could not remember being sprained or had any accident that caused the pain.
If you are one of those having the problem, better check the shoes you are using or the slippers you use at home, especially, when it is used for an extended period or for walking. Some people at hot places like to use sandals and slippers because it is more comfortable than wearing shoes. However, they are not aware that the sandals or slippers design can cause them problem later.
So, to avoid pain, always use slippers or shoes which has a slightly elevated heels. Also, see to it that it is an inch soft, not hard. To find what’s best for you, a podiatrist or foot doctor can be of big help for you to decide what to take.
When you already have the pain and is causing you much discomfort, ask your doctor what kind of pain reliever it can recommend.
Massage can be applied but not strong and not longer than ten minutes when the pain is still fresh. I recommend to better wait until the pain subsides before a more thorough massage is applied. Continue massaging the part with the pain even when it seems to have already healed.