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Best shoes for Women with achilles pain who prefer neutral support

Neutral runners tend to have their arches ever so slightly collapse inward when they run. Their arches are neither flat nor high, but somewhere in between. They require neither stability nor much cushion. What these neutral runners do need, however, is a shoe designed for them. They key is a lack of medial support on neutral running shoes: with such support, neutral runners would be pushed too far outward, leading to injuries. Luckily, every major running brand makes (at least a few) neutral shoes, which can be used from the track to the trail.

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.

Saucony Ride 8

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • A relatively wide toe box
  • Just the right amount of cushion
  • Durable

Saucony Ride 8

Brooks Launch 3

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • big toe box
  • Lighter than most
  • Comfort, lightweight

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with shin splints and plantar fascitis.

Brooks Launch 3

Mizuno Wave Rider 17

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Breathable and comfortable
  • Quality
  • 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

Brooks Ghost 9

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Lightweight
  • Just enough cushion
  • Breathability

Reviewers rate this shoe as being helpful for those with IT band syndrome and shin splints.

Brooks Ghost 9

Adidas Ultra Boost

Reviewers say the best thing about this shoe is:

  • Boost material cushion underfoot and the arch support
  • It just feels right
  • the price

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

Adidas Ultra Boost

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