Best Running Shoes For Achilles Tendonitis in 2018 Oct.

Updated and medically verified by Patricia Nolan. Last updated on Aug 23, 2018.

Pain in the Achilles sucks and keeps a runner from achieving their full potential. This is why treating your body right is of paramount importance for athletes. Achilles tendonitis occurs due to various causes including increasing mileage too soon, not stretching the calves as well as running on surfaces like sand and mud. A poorly constructed shoe that doesn’t provide sufficient flexibility is also a common cause of this condition. That said, it’s important that you invest in the best running shoes for Achilles tendonitis.

Best Men's Running Shoes For Achilles Tendonitis

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EDITOR'S CHOICE

ASICS Men's Gel-Nimbus 18 Running Shoe

BEST VALUE

ASICS Men's GT-2000 3 Running Shoe

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New Balance Men's Vazee Rush Running Shoe


Best Women's Running Shoes For Achilles Tendonitis

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Product

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EDITOR'S CHOICE

ASICS Women's Gel-Nimbus 18 Running Shoe

BEST VALUE

ASICS Women's GT-2000 3 Running Shoe

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New Balance Women's Vazee Rush Running Shoe


Best running shoes for Achilles Tendonitis (Review)

ASICS Gel-Nimbus 18 Running Shoes

ASICS Men's Gel-Nimbus 18 Running Shoe
ASICS Women's Gel-Nimbus 18 Running Shoe

This is a premium daily running shoe that is best suited for the neutral to under-pronator looking for maximum cushioning. Our favorite feature is the new heel counter that provides extra support in conjunction with the FluidFit upper.

The women’s version has 3mm of extra comfort for Achilles tension compared to the men’s version. New gel placement is a welcome addition that helps improve adaptability on the trail.

The FluidFit technology teams with a mesh upper and synthetic overlays to ensure a glove-like fit/feel. A seamless construction keeps the feet cool and so does the Comfordry X40 sockliner. The forefoot and rearfoot cushioning systems help with shock absorption.

It uses a Guidance Trusstic System that supplies and enhances the efficiency of your gait. The AHAR rubber outsole provides good traction and added durability. Its gender specific cushioning is the icing on the cake that is Asics Gel Nimbus 18.


ASICS GT-2000 3 Running Shoe

ASICS Men's GT-2000 3 Running Shoe
ASICS Women's GT-2000 3 Running Shoe

The Asics GT 2000 3 is a running shoe that anyone struggling with Achilles tendonitis or bad knees will find useful. It is ideal for the mild to moderate overpronator. Asics uses the Dynamic Duomax Support System in the arch to provide support.

Like its predecessor, this model utilizes the trademark gel system from Asics for added comfort. The FluidRide midsole allows for responsiveness and a bouncy feel while the new external clutching system provides more support in the medial side of the shoe as well as in the heel.


New Balance Vazee Rush Running Shoe

New Balance Men's Vazee Rush Running Shoe
New Balance Women's Vazee Rush Running Shoe

The Vazee Rush is a great running shoe for someone with a snappy, lightweight stride. It is built with versatility and excellent performance in mind. The lace-up system combined with a midfoot saddle to hug the foot and ensure a secure fit. A de-constructed heel counter at the back has a no-sew overlay and provides additional support.

This shoe is designed to keep the runner close to the ground while ensuring a fast aggressive ride. The mesh upper is extremely breathable and features synthetic overlays that provide structural integrity. The breathability helps keep your feet cool.

Other comfort features include a soft fabric lining, lightly padded collar and tongue as well as a removable insole. REVLite technology is incorporated as well. This is New Balance’s foam which is 30% than traditional cushioning midsole technologies and delivers energy in every stride taken. The durable rubber outsole has a Podular design that encourages smooth heel to toe transition.


Adidas Originals ZX Flux Running Shoes

Adidas Originals Men's ZX Flux Running Shoe
Adidas Originals Women's ZX Flux Running Shoe

The Adidas ZX Flux  Running Shoes are an imported product constructed with mesh and nylon material. It uses the patented Adidas Torsion Technology, which is popular in men’s and women’s running shoes.

The photo print with blue and black mosaic gives the shoe a great look while the rubber sole ensures ample support and comfort on the trail. This model has received a lot of praise for the snug fit and high level of comfort.

It is also available in a variety of colors and can be used for more than just running. Our only concern is that the heels are a little too narrow than expected.


Mizuno Men's Wave Prophecy 4 Running Shoe

Mizuno Men's Wave Prophecy 4 Running Shoe
Mizuno Women's Wave Prophecy 4 Running Shoe

If you have never tried on a Mizuno before and have painful Achilles, consider buying the Wave Prophecy 4. It boasts maximum cushioning and the best of Mizuno’s technology. The infinity double cushion allows for smooth heel to toe transition. The upper is made of a refined mesh material that allows for breathability.

Mizuno utilizes two-piece construction in the midfoot to really wrap and hug the arch. While it is heavier than most running shoes, the Wave Prophecy 4 has wave plates that extend all the way to the front of the sole for durability and responsiveness.

The midsole is made using Mizuno U4ic compound, which helps make the weight more manageable. Even better is that the Wave Prophecy 4 is available for both genders, with the men’s version being two ounces heavier than the women’s version.


What is the link between Achilles tendonitis and your footwear?

This is a common question among athletes who suffer from Achilles tendonitis for the first time. The two link in the way that running shoes with the right fit help prevent and hasten the healing process of Achilles tendonitis. A good pair of shoes also helps prevent tendon injuries from occurring ever again. When you stop caring about your choice of running shoes, you risk contracting this condition. You have to make a choice to investing in good running gear, and this means getting shoes that conform to your feet nicely. They should have the correct arch of your foot, width, size, firmness, heel height and comfort.
Other factors that you should consider include how often you workout as well as pronation i.e. your foot arch and type of foot. Avoid anything with low arches and go for ones that turn or curve at the soles of your feet. The right amount of cushion, especially at the heels, is crucial as well.

Conclusion

Achilles tendonitis is a condition associated with excessive stress facilitated to the tendon. This can be due to uncomfortable shoes and if that’s the case, the Asics Women’s Gel Nimbus 18 & Asics Men’s Gel Nimbus 18 will make an excellent running shoe. Between the FluidFit technology, Comfordry X40 sockliner and Guidance Trustic System, this shoe offers a lot comfort and smooth heel to toe transition. It has everything that someone with Achilles tendonitis needs to have a fun running experience.


Patricia Nolan

Patricia is a podiatrist (foot and ankle specialist) practicing in Pennsylvania Hospital. Dr. Nolan completed her undergraduate education at Temple University, Podiatric Medicine , and went on to the New York University of Podiatric Medicine to continue her medical training. She is board-certified in Emergency and Podiatric Medicine. Her biggest expertise is foot and sport injuries. She is a big fan of running; furthermore, she’s an expert in choosing the proper footwear and shoes for running and other sports. Linkedin , Twitter