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Best shoes for Women with achilles pain and IT band syndrome

Achilles pain, which often stems from achilles tendinitis, can linger and derail a training season and even a running career. When the Achilles tendon comes under too much stress, it can become inflamed (the tendinitis) or even rupture. To prevent the debilitating issue, it's important to stretch the calves, not build up mileage too quickly, and avoid excessive hill work or speedwork. It's also important to buy the right running shoes. Wearing inflexible shoes, shoes that don't fit your stride (for pronators especially), and shoes with a low heel-to-drop can all cause Achilles issues.

Many runners know the dangers of IT Band Syndrome; it can linger for months if not years, rearing its ugly head right before a race. IT band syndrome, or Iliotibial Band Syndrome, is caused when the ligament that runs outside the leg becomes tight, inflamed, and just downright painful to move. This problem can arise from weaknesses in certain muscles or running's repetitive motions. Luckily, the right shoe can make a difference, both in terms of preventing and treating IT band issues.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Light, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing
  • Consistency
  • Light weight for a neutral shoe, excellent upper fit

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with achilles pain and plantar fascitis.

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Hoka One One Clifton

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Softness and breathable
  • Lots of cushion, great support for neutral runners. Lots of toe room
  • Cushioning

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with a bad back and achilles pain.

Hoka One One Clifton

Brooks Ravenna 7

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • The Ravenna looks much better than the Ariel and still provides stability.
  • It's got the right amount of cushion but it's not too heavy
  • It's cushiony, fits well,

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and runner's knee/patellar tendinitis.

Brooks Ravenna 7

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