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The Achilles tendon is the strongest and thickest tendon in the body. The tendon is located in the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Tightness of the Achilles tendon and calf muscles can be congenital or acquired. Some causes of Acquired Achilles tendon contracture are; lack of stretching or exercise, frequent use of high heel shoes, immobilization of the extremity due to injury, aging, Diabetes, and obesity. Certain neurologic disorders can cause spasms and contracture of the calf muscles.
Gradual stretching of the Achilles tendon is an effective therapy in treatment of an Achilles tendon contracture. Footsupplystore.com carries a variety of Night Splints by Ovation Medical that provide a comfortable and gradual stretch of the Achilles tendon. Pain associated with an Achilles tendon contracture can also be managed by raising the heel inside the shoe. Footsupplystore.com carries Heel lifts and Innersoles and Scott Foot Care Products to elevate the heel within the shoe and decrease stress on the tendon.