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Orthotics for the Achilles Tendon

Orthotic shoe devices are made of rubber, plastic, or other molded material and are inserted into the shoe. Orthotics for the Achilles tendon stabilize the arch and raise the heel so that there is less pull on the tendon.

Orthotics can usually be found at drugstores or sporting goods stores. Ask your health professional how to use one. Custom-made devices, available by prescription, may fit better and be more effective in controlling pain. But they can be expensive, and most insurance companies do not cover the cost.

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Understanding Corns and Calluses -- Diagnosis and Treatment

To find out whether a hard patch of skin is a callus or a wart, your doctor will scrape some skin off the affected area.  Warts bleed in a characteristic pattern. Calluses do not; they just reveal more dead skin.  Warts are viral and require specific treatment. Most calluses are corrected by a variety of measures, including a change in shoes, trimming of the calluses, and sometimes surgery.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Bardana, MD, FRCSC - Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Last Revised January 3, 2011

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Last Updated: January 03, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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