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It seems quite odd to me that both heel pads and low heels could be thought beneficial for this condition, since one increases and one decreases pressure on the tendon.
I suspect that the benefits account for different aspects.
Heel pads reduce the stretching of the achilles, which might be a necessary step in ensuring that you don't immediately end up with achilles rupture. To make sure you don't reinjure the achilles, or rupture it at a later date, you need to make sure that the achilles is long enough to withstand whatever it needs to, i.e., it needs stretched, which means that flat heels are needed. Yeatesi (talk) 08:15, 20 February 2012 (UTC)
For a good review of how to cure this debilitation read "My Achilles Heel: How to Overcome Achilles Tendinopathy" available on Amazon.com — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 20:30, 9 November 2011 (UTC)
Per WP:MEDRS we should use either review article or major textbooks not primary research papers. Pubmed has a tab that will limit your search to review articles. --Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 22:41, 12 February 2012 (UTC)
I suggest that we add an external link to the dmoz page for tendonitis: http://www.dmoz.org/Health/Conditions_and_Diseases/Musculoskeletal_Disorders/Tendonitis/
The Wikipedia guideline for external links to be considered says: “A well-chosen link to a directory of websites or organizations. Long lists of links are not acceptable. A directory link may be a permanent link or a temporary measure put in place while external links are being discussed on the article's talk page. Many options are available; the Open Directory Project is often a neutral candidate, and may be added using the tendinitis/ Achilles tendinitis at the Open Directory Project template.”
I am suggesting it here on the talk page rather than adding it myself because I have a potential Wikipedia conflict of interest: I am an author of one of the sites listed on the dmoz tendonitis page (AchillesTendon.com).