Arch Mobility – Cure for Achilles Tendinitis?
(Get align from the bottom up)
Align Footwear makers of the Arch Mobility insert has designed a superior shoe insert that not only supports your feet for short or long running exercise, but also helps align and maintain your posture from foot all the way up the rest of the body.
For this review I’m taking a different approach. I suffer from Achilles Tendinitis and have tried just about EVERYTHING to relieve it, including different shoes, creams, stretches, and physical therapy – nothing has helped! I decided to reach out to Align Footwear after seeing their product online and reading about what they claimed their insoles could accomplish.
Having tried so many different solutions with no success I was a bit skeptical, but I’m also a firm believer in kinetic chain and have had good results with or Opedix clothing.
The problem – Achilles Tendinitis?
Achilles tendinitis is a condition characterized by large-scale injuries on the Achilles’ tendon, and it is always coupled with muscle inflammation that causes pain. The condition results from overusing the Achilles’ tendon, and it commonly occurs among athletes who suddenly increase their duration or intensity of exercising. The Achilles’ tendon is made of a band of tissues, which connect the heel bone and the calf muscles on the lower leg. The tissues of the Achilles’ tendon connect the soleus and medial and lateral gastrocnemius muscles to the heel, and its tissues are involved in controlling actions such as running, walking, and rising. If your Achilles’ tendon gets injured, you literally cannot walk, run, dance, tiptoe, hike, or perform any physical exercise.
Achilles tendinitis often causes a sensation that ranges from an occasional mild ache to a constantly throbbing pain (like mine). The intensity of pain depends on the number of tendon fibers that get injured. Mild strain leads to minimal scarring, which causes mild pain. In cases of extensive injuries that involve recurrent micro-tears of the fibers, serious inflammation, and adhesive scars cause persistent and chronic pain.
Why and how does the Achilles’ tendon get injured?
When you stand, run, tiptoe or walk, the muscles in the Achilles’ tendon are harnessed to support these movements. If your feet, knees, and pelvis are properly aligned, then your weight gets an even distribution throughout the muscles of Achilles’ tendon. However, when there is no proper alignment, much of your weight exerts its force on the lateral or medial aspect of the Achilles tendon where it causes strain, which may eventually cause injury. The most common alignment problem results from pronation or abnormal foot motion. Pronation causes imbalances in weight distribution. The imbalance makes the lateral parts be under-worked whereas the medial parts become overworked. Weakness in one of the four lower leg quadrants may also cause similar imbalances. If you prolong or aggressively stretch your calf muscles, you could also injure your Achilles’ tendon. Dancers and athletes often cause strain on the Achilles’ tendon when working out or jumping on the balls of their feet, and if this is done in excess, serious injuries may result.
How can Arch Mobility Insoles help in Preventing and Treating Achilles Tendinitis?
Achilles tendinitis is often treated through physical therapy and the use of anti-inflammatory drugs. These treatments are often accompanied by the use of an orthotic, which help in preventing the aggravation of the injury or its recurrence.
The Arch Mobility insoles are alternatively known as tri-planar arch mobility inserts, and they provide a cheaper therapeutic option when compared to regular cortisone injections and physical therapy. The align insoles work by de-rotating the feet and ankles in a manner that betters the kinetic chain alignment and this action relieves the weight exerted on the tendon. The use of these insoles eventually improves the alignment and weight distribution, which enables the walker or runner to resume exercising in a gradual manner. The insoles eventually improve your kinetic chain alignment and better your performance and the efficiency of your movement.
Apart from improving alignment, the insoles also correct the problem of over-pronation, which results from rolling or flattening of the feet inward at mid-stance. If you do not take action to correct progressive over-pronation, it may turn into a serious problem, which may lead to multiple complications, which may hinder proper posture and performance in sports and at work.
Align insoles also reduce stress on the muscle fibers of the Achilles’ tendon and prevent injury while reducing exertion of excessive strain on fibers within the tendon. If you want to avoid aggravating an existing Achilles tendon injury, reduce stress on the tendon, or prevent its occurrence, simply slip the insoles into your running shoes to replace the factory inserts. These insoles will help align the tibia and ankle towards a neutral position, and thus improving hip to heel alignment. With an improved alignment, you will gain increased mobility, efficient movement, and a properly directed range of motion that will give you pain-free exercising through walking or running.
Arch Mobility Insole
Align Footwear’s first attempt and one that is tried and true, and I found these to be a better fit. Interesting enough the tri-plantar structure was more defined in these insoles, but less intrusive in the shoe. They seem to be much thinner in the actual sole and I could hardly feel them in each step.
This is Align Footwear’s second insert; I found that these, however, were a bit robust and rode a bit high in each of my shoes. The arch is very pronounced and you could feel the tri-plantar structure throughout every step. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I found that is did take some time to get use to.
Additional Benefits of Align Insoles?
Apart from preventing and treating Achilles tendinitis, Align Footwear insoles also help in preventing and treating other problems such as plantar fasciitis and ankle and foot ailments that result from misalignment. These insoles can also help you if you have imbalance problems such as flat feet, and shin, knee, and heel pain that results from walking imbalances. Other conditions whose state can be improved by Align Footwear insoles include Bunions, arch pain, neuroma, flat feet, ankle sprains, Sesamoiditis, Metatarsalgia, corns, heel pain, pronation, toe pain, and top-of-the-foot pain.
Use of Align Insoles on a day-to-day Basis
In addition to helping people with imbalances and injuries, the align insoles can also be helpful to people that walk or stand all day because they help enhance comfort and proper weight distribution as you walk or stand in various working positions and postures throughout the day. Overweight people can also benefit from aligning insoles, which help in counteracting the excessive stress that gets placed on their feet and other lower-body joints. Any athletes that are suffering from any form of lower body pain while exercising can also benefit from aligning insoles, which could help in reducing the pain that they encounter.
How long does it take to get used to Align Insoles?
You may need some time to adjust to the use of Align Footwear insoles because they slightly change your walking or running. Your feet take some time to orientate to a new and correct bio-mechanical position in a gradual manner. Initially, you should use align insoles in a gradual manner so that your feet may get accustomed to their changes. In the first two days of use, make use of the insoles for an estimated 3-to-4-hour period, but after the 48-hour period, you can use the align insoles for 6 to 8 hours to further acclimatize your feet to their use. A week after initial use, you can go into continuous all day use of aligning insoles for the best foot care.
If you are a runner, walker, or stand= pretty much wear shoes, I would highly recommend these. The overall improvements to my Achilles tendinitis have been outstanding. With the use of these and the One Stretch my condition and significant decreased and I’m able to run again.