8 Best Walking Shoes for Achilles Tendonitis / Tendinopathy – Walk Pain-free!
Today, I’ll be reviewing some of the best walking shoes for Achilles Tendonitis.
Let’s talk about what Achilles Tendonitis is and some of the possible treatment options. But first, there’s a question people often ask: is walking good for Achilles Tendonitis? Yes, it is provided you walk in proper footwear that’ll help protect your Achilles.
8 best walking shoes for Achilles Tendonitis / Tendinopathy
Saucony Women’s Progrid Integrity ST 2
Up your integrity with a little help from this Integrity. This wonderful walking shoe comes in at just 11oz and it’s made perfectly for the neutral walker who wants more responsive cushioning. It features a super soft leather upper for added comfort with each step as well as a breathable mesh tongue and a fully lined breathable mesh interior for comfort next to your skin.
The midsole is comprised of full-length compression-molded EVA to deliver lightweight responsive cushioning. The Saucony Progrid even has a highly responsive compound in the forefoot to help optimize cushioning throughout your entire gait cycle. The addition of the Heel ProGrid System in the heel absorbs impact and shock for even more comfort.
It has a Walk-Trac system throughout the entire midsole and outsole design giving you smoother transitions, too. The outsole has a non-marking blown rubber and XT carbon rubber added to high-wear areas making the shoe nice and flexible as well.
Saucony Grid Omni Walker
Available for women and men
The Grid Omni Walker is absolutely perfect for the moderate overpronator who needs stability and cushioning. It features a soft full–grain leather upper which is going to be easy to clean and maintain. The upper offers great support and flexibility, and there’s a removable sockliner you can actually replace with your custom orthotic if you choose. However, if you’re keeping its sockliner, it is contoured, super-cushy and has a nice heel cup for added stability as well. The Omni Walker features an Achilles notch for comfort and enhanced mobility.
There is a visible rearfoot Grid System that consists of a woven configuration of Hytrel filaments which provide superior cushioning and stability by centering the heel on impact.
The Omni Walker is a fantastic walking shoe that features a forefoot HRC Strobel Board which is a high-rebound compound that is responsive EVA rubber compound which provides cushioning to the latest stages of the gait cycle. There’s also a midfoot support bridge and an SRC Impact zone for added support and shock absorption. It has a nice cushioned midsole that goes really well with the Grid System to help absorb shock and provide comfort all day long.
The Omni Walker has a traditional lace-up design to give you a nice snug fit and a lightly padded tongue and collar for comfort.
There’s a durable non-marking outsole with flex grooves for added flexibility. The outsole has dual-density rubber with XT 900 with Walk-Trac rubber for a full walking experience and a shank for midfoot support. It provides you with all the stability you need without weighing the shoe down.
Be sure to get all the comfort and support you need by picking up the Grid Omni Walker from Saucony.
Asics Gel-Tech Walker Neo 4
Available for women and men
Take every step with confidence and conquer the great outdoor with ease and style with these incredible walking shoes on. The Gel Tech Walker Neo has a Biomorphic Fit upper that features stretch materials that have been strategically placed on the upper to help reduce irritation.
The Neo is constructed of an extremely breathable mesh upper with durable synthetic overlays throughout which is going to leave you with nice fresh feet. Its traditional lace-up closure provides a nice secure fit and its padded tongue and collar provide a ton of extra cushioning. It features 3M reflectivity for visibility during low-light conditions in case you decide to go walking when it’s dark out.
It also features rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning that’s going to give you lots of comfort and it’s going to also give you plenty of support, shock absorption, and rebound when you’re walking. The footbed is also removable and has moisture-wicking properties to keep your feet breathable and fresh all day.
On the bottom, there’s an Impact Guidance System (IGS) that enhances your foot’s natural gait. It also offers rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning to help with shock absorption. The outsole is made out of Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) to give you excellent durability and flexibility.
Slip them on and experience comfort like you never have before.
Asics Women’s Gel-Frequency 2
This walking shoe is so lightweight with a flexible design, too. It is completely breathable with a Mono Mesh upper, and I love the touches of color that they’ve added for style.
It’s lined on the interior for comfort with a removable contoured footbed. But what’s awesome about this shoe is that you have lightweight EVA throughout the entire midsole with an updated rearfoot gel cushioning system to help absorb all that impact for a smoother transition. You even have Asics own High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) on the outsole.
Experience lightweight comfort on your next walk with the Gel Frequency from Asics.
Skechers Performance Go Walk 3
Available for women and men
When you first pick up this true lace-up style walking shoe you notice it’s incredibly lightweight. It uses the Resalyte material, which is proprietary to Skechers, in the dual-density midsole to keep the weight down. It’s very flexible and gives you great rebound. There’s generous cushioning all throughout the shoe with a port in the back for easy on and off. The interior is incredibly soft and really feels like a yoga mat thanks to the famous Goga Mat.
The outsole features the Go Pillars which are also made of Resalyte to give you more support and energy return making you comfortable with every step. The Pillars compact and bounce back and you so much rebound and compression propelling you forward with every step that you take.
Skechers Walk 3 series are famous for the Goga Mat footbed which is different from memory foam. It’s a high rebound footbed and provides more bounceback from heel to toe keeping the fatigue to a minimum.
If you’re on the look for a great comfortable shoe for your bad knees, you can’t go wrong with the Skechers Go Walk 3.
Skechers Performance Go Flex
Available for women and men
Take s a stroll in a shoe that moves with you. It features a fabric upper with logo accent.
This shoe is made with a soft and almost seamless knitted mesh fabric upper that is soft to the touch. It’s got an easy slip-on design and a quick-fit portal at the heel for easy on and off. There’s a stretch fit collar that gives you a sock-like comfort and a smooth textile lining on the inside. The inside has memory foam fit with memory foam padding around the heel for a customized fit. It has soft a fabric lining with Goga Mat Technology cushioned footbed for high rebound cushioning for added comfort.
The Go Flex features an injection-molded Resalyte midsole that has memory retention properties and absorbs impact and shock. It also features a squishy midsole component with articulated segmented GoFlex outsole design that provides anatomical movement. So when they say anatomical, it really moves with every bend in the foot.
It all sits on a rubber GoFlex articulated segmented outsole for ultra-flexibility, stability, and long-lasting wear.
Get out and about in confidence in the Go Flex from Skechers.
Brooks Addiction Walker
Available for women and men
This is one of the most comfortable walking shoes that provides the stability your feet need, especially those with low to no arches. The Addiction Walker is a wonderful walking shoe that has a super soft full-grain leather upper for added durability and a ton of style. It features generously padded tongue and collar which is going to feel great against your ankle. The Brooks Walker has a nice Achilles notch to keep your ankle and Achilles tendon secure in place.
Progressive Diagonal Rollbar
First of all, this shoe has what we call the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PDRB) on the instep. I know that is a mouthful, but what it does is it provides you with a great level of support. So when your foot is going from the outside and wants to roll inwards a little bit too much, the Diagonal Rollbar technology helps correct you and reduce overpronation to give you more support and guide your feet for an effortless transition. That means when you’re on your feet all day at work or outside, you’re not going to get the same stress related injuries if you didn’t have that stability.
There’s Hydro Flow technology throughout the full-length BioMogo midsole to absorb shock like no other with each and every step. The cushioning system in the heel and forefoot makes sure you have less fatigue in your feet at the end of the day. Most of all, the Addiction walker provides comfort through its upper. It’s soft from the top right through the base. It has a traditional lace-up system which will help give you that nice secure fit
The inside features soft and supple leather material with cushioning in the footbed and a complete amount of textile lining which is great for hammertoes or bunion. For this reason, the Brooks Addiction is one of the most popular duty shoes if you’re someone on their feet all day. The footbed on the inside is completely removable allowing you the opportunity to completely customize the shoe with your personal orthotic if you choose to.
It’s all on a durable slip-resistant HPR Green outsole that’s made of environmentally-friendly silica and gives you excellent skid-resistance on wet and dry surfaces.
Nothing will help get you addicted to walking better than the Addiction from Brooks.
If you’re into running, check out this comparison review of the Brooks Ghost 10 and the Glycerin 15.
Rockport Men’s We are Rockin Chranson
Soft to the touch and created with a durable Nubuck leather upper, The Chranson is going to be great for all kinds of conditions. It has added durability thanks to the overlays at the toe and heel with beautiful double stitching. It has a lace-up design and a soft lining that feel great next to the skin and helps pull moisture away from your foot and keep you comfortable.
It’s nicely lined on the interior with breathable mesh lining. It has a soft and squishy removable footbed as well that’s going to help reduce fatigue as the day goes on. The footbed has the Kinetic Air Circulator built to push air through and keep your feet very cool.
It has EVA in the midsole making it pretty lightweight. It’s got some texture on the outsole which in turn has traction rubber.
The Chranson is going to have you dancing for joy.
What’s Achilles Tendonitis
Achilles Tendonitis is now more accurately known as Achilles Tendinopathy. The suffix “itis” means inflammation, and this condition is not thought to be an inflammatory condition and is more likely to be due to the degeneration of the tendon. Recent research by physiotherapy tendon experts Jill Cook & Craig Purdam has identified three stages to Achilles Tendonitis/Tendinopathy: the Reactive Stage, the Dysrepair Stage, and the Degenerative Stage
- Gradual onset of pain
- Stiffness and aching of the tendon
- A thickened often reddened appearance.
The tendon is usually tender to touch and may contain lumps known as nodules. Initially, any pain on exercise may fade as you continue and the tendon warms up. Without treatment, pain will become chronic. In order to successfully treat the Achilles Tendonitis/Tendinopathy, you must determine what has caused it and the correct problem. Common causes include:
- A sudden increase in activity
- A change of footwear or training surfaces.
- Weak or tight calf muscles
- Wearing high heels
- Running uphill
- Flat feet and overpronation.
- Rest from any aggravating activities
- Ice or cold therapy treatment
- The temporary use of a heel raise.
Stretching exercises and eccentric strengthening such as hell drop exercises should be incorporated into your rehabilitation program.