Getting an orthotic fitted for both my daily shoes (one moulded to the exact shape of my foot) and one for my trainers (a generic one cut to size) worked wonders for my tendonitis.
Before seeing the podiatrist and getting the orthotics, I used to limp around every morning after getting up and every time I'd been resting for more than a few minutes - I genuinely believed I'd have achilles tendonitis for the rest of my life. The second I started using the orthotics, the pain disappeared when I walked. I left it for a couple of weeks and then started running again with the orthotics in my trainers. I still experienced some pain after running, but not to anywhere near the same degree, but all pain has now disappeared (about 10 months later) and the bunched-up lump in my tendon has almost disappeared.
It probably also helped that I lost a lot of weight, therefore reducing the stress on the achilles, but if you're a normal weight anyway, that won't be an issue.
I still wear the orthotics every day and hardly notice them.
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