- Jul 26, 2015
- British Columbia
It's a mean problem. I have dealt with it off and on for 30 years. When I was younger I just toughed it out and things eventually improved, but as I got older, not so much. Inserts help a lot, so does the style of boot. I used boots with a stiff shank for a long time. They we great for hiking up steep slope with a heavy pack, but I had to compromise and go to a bit more flexible shank to reduce the pull on the achilles. Stretching helps if you can keep it up, (so does wearing a smooth liner sock under your wooly socks, but don't ask me why). Short striding is good when you are on flat ground so you aren't pulling on the achilles and so are hiking poles because they take some of the stress off your legs in general. Steroid shots got me through a couple of seasons but they aren't a long term fix. You adapt and do what you have to do, there is no magic fix. If surgery is recommended, go with it but accept that it usually is a make or break option. When it doesn't work not much else will.