Question Concerning Rehab

Although I have yet to have my cast removed. I have already prepared myself mentally for rehab. My question to my brothers & sisters in the struggle is this. Is there a particular brand or type of shoe that I should look for when the time comes?

Asics, Nike or Adidas? Cross trainer or running shoe? Air or Gel?

I’m not a runner, don’t play tennis, squash, ski, racquetball, or tennis. I bike and walk a lot.

I was just wondering if their is a particular one that is better for the Achilles.

Probably just a personal choice.

Thanks to all.

7 Comments so far

  1. Richard on October 23rd, 2008

    Ey up,
    Have you noticed I’m ahead of you in the marathon? - don’t start bleating about me starting earlier you’ve got to buck up boy!!!


  2. ramil on October 23rd, 2008

    My doctor didn’t recommend any brand of shoes but she did say find one with great ankle support because you around going to need it when you start wearing two shoes, you have a long way for that. Good Luck. This recovery process takes time and patiences.

  3. Jesse on October 24th, 2008


    Hi I’ve run all my life and I’m at around 11 1/2 weeks post op. I saw the doc on Monday and he was impressed that I was walking normally and progressing quickly. He attributed the quick healing to being active, I’m doing exercises every night, icing after, stretching, etc. I would recommend Nike Pegasus Air. These are affordable around $60 - $70 and they have air pocket supports under the front of your foot and back for support. The most import advantage of these shoes is the back air pocket which alleviates pressure around the area were the achilles meets the bone. Hope this helps.


  4. maestro on October 24th, 2008

    Thanks, Jesse. Who’s better than you?

  5. Richard on October 25th, 2008

    Here’s a website from a D.C. podiatrist discussing contributing factors for achilles problems including shoes with “air” features.

    An exerpt from the article, “The second contributing shoe design factor which may lead to continuing achilles tendon problem is excessive heel cushioning. Air filled heels, while supposedly are now more resistant to deformation and leaks are not good for a sore achilles tendon. The reason for this is quite simple. If you are wearing a shoe that is designed to give great heel shock absorption what frequently happens is that after heel contact, the heel continues to sink lower while the shoe is absorbing the shock. This further stretches the achilles tendon, at a time when the leg and body are moving forward over the foot. Change your shoes to one without this “feature”.”

    I’m sure there are differing opinions on heel cushioning. I bought a pair of New Balance running shoes which have great support (they’re also MADE IN THE USA) but I’m also going to check out their cross trainers too. Good luck!

  6. maestro on October 25th, 2008

    Thanks, Rich. Good stuff, I’ll check out that link.

  7. screwdriver on October 25th, 2008

    i might suggest something that you try them out . imo sometimes people have sensitive scars and different shoes have different fit . a shoe that is comfortable for A might not be comfortable for you as the fit might put a lot of pressure on the scar or sensitive area of the achilles.

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