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Top 5 Insoles for Achilles Tendinitis 2023

1 January 2023

Your Achilles is the tendon that connects your calf muscle to the base of your heel. It performs a crucial function – transferring power from the calf to the heel and foot, allowing you to jump, stand on your toes, run and even walk. As its role is so vital, it comes under a lot of pressure, and from time to time you'll find that it becomes inflamed.

This inflammation is what podiatrists call Achilles Tendinitis or Achilles tendinopathy. Anyone who has ever suffered from Achilles tendinitis knows how debilitating it can be, but they'll also know that a podiatrist's first port of call will be a pair of shoe insoles. We've created this list of Our Top 5 Shoe Insoles for Achilles Tendinitis, specially collated to meet all possible needs.

What Will This Guide Cover?

In this article, we'll take you through the five best insoles you need to rid yourself of Achilles tendonitis pain for good! Whether you need some firm insoles for your work boots, or supportive foot sleeves that you can walk around the house in, our guide covers all bases.


Best Overall Shoe Insoles for Achilles Tendonitis

Winner: Powerstep Pinnacle Orthotic Insoles

Powerstep Pinnacle Orthotic Insoles

Why We Love Them...

 Podiatrist design provides medical-grade support for your feet
 Firm but flexible arch support with premium dual-layer cushioning
 Odour-control top fabric reduces heat, friction and perspiration

Perfect For...

 Excellent all-round support for tendonitis
 Everyday use at work or running errands
 Walking shoes, work shoes, casual dress shoes

Cons...

 People looking for heel lifts (See our solution)
 Won't support you without shoes (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: The Powerstep Pinnacle Insoles are specially designed to deliver the perfect combination of comfort and support. With built-in arch support and two layers of plush cushioning, it's no secret why these insoles are the #1 podiatrist recommended orthotic insoles.

When We Asked Powerstep Insole Experts, They Said: "When it comes to Achilles tendonitis, what you need is good, firm arch support and heel protection. The Powerstep Pinnacles provide this with a strong heel cup at the back, and arch support that helps keep the ligaments in place"


Best Boot Insoles for Achilles Tendonitis

Winner: Superfeet Green Performance Insoles

Superfeet Green Performance Insoles

Why We Love Them...

 Heel cup technology absorbs impacts to reduce Achilles strain
 High density foam improves foot comfort and posture
 Spacious and trimmable for the ideal fit 

Perfect For...

 High impact activities 
 Use at work or while playing sports
 Hiking boots, work boots, wellies, trainers

Cons...

 Wont fit inside tight-fitting dress shoes (See our solution)
 Not the best for people with low arches (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: As one of the world's most popular insoles, the Superfeet Green Insoles deliver long-lasting, professional-grade orthotic support for you and your feet. Their spacious design provides the perfect fit inside a pair of work boots, and they are built to withstand high-impact everyday activities.

Our Customer Gerald Says: "After suffering several episode of what I believe was Achilles tendonitis, I have been able to walk further in the last 48 hours without pain than has been possible in the last two months"


Best Heel Lifts for Achilles Tendonitis

Winner: OrthoSole Heel Lift Shoe Insoles

OrthoSole Heel Lift Shoe Insoles

Why We Love Them...

 Raises the height of your heel to ease pressure on the Achilles
 Can be combined with an insole for even greater support
 Self-adhesive tape allows for easy fitting

Perfect For...

 Combining with an insole for enhanced support
 Leg length discrepancies and plantar fasciitis
 Available in six depths from 4mm to 15mm

Cons...

 Doesn't support the arch (See our solution)
 Not a full length insole (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: Experts will always recommend that you elevate your heel if you suffer from Achilles tendonitis, as this will help relieve tendon strain and cushion the force of impacts. The OrthoSole Heel Lifts makes this easy to do with a self-adhesive backing and a narrow design to fit inside any shoe. You can even combine a pair of insoles with heel lifts for fully optimised support.

When We Asked OrthoSole Experts, They Said: "We recommend combining your insoles with a 6mm or 8mm heel lift for even more support and relief"


Best Orthotic Insoles for Achilles Tendonitis

Winner: Salford Insole Blue Firm Orthotic Insoles

Powerstep Pinnacle Orthotic Insoles

Why We Love Them...

 Firm orthotic design stabilises the foot in a neutral position
 Detailed heel and arch contours provide an intimate fit
 Highly durable for long-lasting support

Perfect For...

 Premium Achilles tendon support
 Everyday use, work shoes, casual shoes
 Controlling overpronation

Cons...

 Not trimmable (See our solution)
 Won't fit inside tight fitting shoes (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: If you're looking for premium foot care, professional-grade orthotics like the Salford Blue Firm Insoles should be your main port of call. Cast from real feet to guarantee accuracy, the orthotic experts at Salford have designed the perfect replacement for your worn-out, standard factory insoles.

When We Asked Salford's Insole Experts, They Said: "These insoles feature a deep heel cup, which gathers the foots natural fatty padding and positions it where it's most effective"


Best Foot Support for Achilles Tendonitis

Winner: OrthoSleeve FS6 Plantar Fasciitis Foot Sleeves

OrthoSleeve FS6 Plantar Fasciitis Foot Sleeves

Why We Love Them...

 Provides firm compression around the Achilles to relieve strain
 Relieves tendon issues without having to wear shoes
 Anatomically designed for a snug and supportive fit

Perfect For...

 Day and night foot support
 Wearing about the house
 Combining with insoles for even greater support

Cons...

 Provide no cushioning underfoot (See our solution)
 May feel tight or uncomfortable (See our solution)

Editor's Verdict: Insoles are great for tackling foot pain while out and about, but what about when you're not wearing any shoes? The OrthoSleeve FS6 Foot Sleeves are the perfect solution. They provide firm compression around the Achilles tendon to reduce pain and inflammation, and their sock-style design means you can wear them at any time.

Our Customer Pippa Says: "First time I wore these I could walk without pain. Would highly recommend"


Say Goodbye to Achilles Pain for Good!

Having the right pair of orthotic insoles for your feet is not only important for recovering from tendinitis, they can also actually prevent you from developing it in the first place! If you've suffered from Achilles tendinitis before, we doubt that you'll ever want to put yourself through it again!

We have plenty of products that are suitable for beating Achilles tendinitis. If you'd like to see more potential alternatives, please visit our full range of Shoe Insoles for Achilles Tendinitis.

Superfeet Green Performance Insoles

Superfeet Green Performance Insoles

  • The world's most popular insoles with a deep heel cup
  • Crafted from shock absorbent foam for complete comfort
  • Can be used in sports shoes, boots, flat shoes and more
  • Superfeet 60 day money back guarantee
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£28.95
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Podotech Cork Heel Lifts (9mm)

Podotech Cork Heel Lifts (9mm)

  • Simple and effective way of lifting the heel to provide relief from pain and a number of conditions
  • Economical and durable due to being made from cork
  • Available in a range of sizes for the best fit
  • Can be worn above or below the insole to ensure the best comfort and support
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£5.69
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Salford Insole Blue Firm Orthotic Insoles

Salford Insole Blue Firm Orthotic Insoles

  • Stabilising insoles to help your feet
  • Provides arch support to prevent pain
  • Ideal for sports and heavy activity
  • Anti-microbial to prevent bad odours
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£25.99
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OrthoSleeve FS6 Plantar Fasciitis Foot Sleeves (Pair)

OrthoSleeve FS6 Plantar Fasciitis Foot Sleeves (Pair)

  • Foot sleeves designed to relieve plantar fasciitis
  • Can be worn day or night for improved support
  • Reduces swelling and pain with compression
  • Strengthens and supports your feet
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£23.29
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Powerstep Pinnacle Orthotic Insoles

Powerstep Pinnacle Orthotic Insoles

  • Orthotic insoles for medical-grade foot support and stability
  • Suitable for sportspeople, workers, elderly and more
  • Reduces pain in the arches, heels, ankles, knees and lower back
  • Reduce effects of plantar fasciitis, arch pain, overpronation and more
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£30.90
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