Pain in Achilles Tendon with New Walking Boots

Q. I just bought new walking boots and they are causing pain in [the] achilles tendon. Feels like bruising, not rubbing. Doesn't hurt unless I wear footwear high enough to push against the affected area.

I have just rested for 2 weeks but can feel the pain as soon as i put the boots back on.

Can anyone offer any advice?

Matthew Dyson, Leeds


A. Hi Matthew, Did you ever work out what the problem was with your boots? I have exactly the same thing with my new boots, but only on the left foot. Pain feels like bruising on the left heel. Disappears the instant I take the boots off and returns as soon as I put them on again. No sign of actual bruising or rubbing. I'm doing a 4 day trek in 2 weeks time and wondering whether I need to go back to my trusty old boots or whether this is something I can work through in a short space of time. Obviously don't want to risk hurting myself beforehand or on my trek. Any advice much appreciated.

Hannah , Leicester


A. Hi Mathew, I have also just bought a new pair of walking boots and like you my achillies feels like its bruised. I wear any other trainers its fine but a boot or anything with a high back any agony. My boots are the Asolo Flame, dont suppose these were the same as yours. Did you find out what the problem was/is? Gavin

Gavin Richardson, Sunderland


A. Hi I had this problem which was helped by using foot supports (half ones) which you can buy in Boots (they are blue). Ultimately though I switched to walking shoes and had no further problems !

Jill Hamilton, Newbury


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