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    Default Boot advice needed for achilles injury - new ref

    Hi All,
    my first post. After returning to refereeing after a 16 year lay off I've had a series of niggling injuries that started in the glute on my right (piriformis) worked its way down to a 'tweeked' hamstring, then a tight calf(lateral, perineals) and then at the beginning of December it erupted into full blow achilles tendonitis, all on the right side (still not running but hope to do so by the weekend). It had been threatening to do so for a few weeks prior but I stuck my head in the sand. I should know better as I've had achilles and calf problems for 12 years now. I have orthotics, was wearing them at the time but the chiropodist said they were designed for hard ground and cricket (he's made me some temporary devices to compensate for the soft turf until the tendonitis has calmed down). I'm very much used to sprinting, twisting and turning, and I'm quite fit. I have even been doing weighted one legged calf/heel dips off a step since Feb 2011 (straight and bent legged). So I thought I was fully prepared but the chiropodist said the soft turf and a poor rugby boot (asics tigerrug ex jp: lined with cardboard!) were to blame.

    To rule out any biomechanical problems I need to change my boots for some that have much more torsional rigidity so when you grab them at the heel and toe and twist in opposite directions they resist the deformation. It would be good to hear from any chiropodists, physios or anyone else who has had to change their boots for similar reasons. What boots would you suggest and recommend? I've heard of the new asics range (my cricket shoes are asics and are superb!) and that they have a heel gradient. Does anyone use them and have they helped solve any calf/achilles problems. WOuld anyone else recommend any other rugby boot manufacturer?

    Looking forward to hearing your comments. Cheers in advance.

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    Default Re: Boot advice needed for achilles injury - new ref

    Thanks for that but the page said, "you do not have permission to access this page".

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    not sure how the mods work verifying that you are a referee. but as soon as they send out an inspector, have your series of interviews, blood work, cornea laser, proper ID and you surrender your passport, with the $300 non refundable application fee - I'm sure they will flip the switch.

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    Default Re: Boot advice needed for achilles injury - new ref

    Either get a pair of Asics Tigoers or get any old boot with a pair of orthotics to wear as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreadpiratedaz View Post
    lined with cardboard!

    To rule out any biomechanical problems I need to change my boots for some that have much more torsional rigidity so when you grab them at the heel and toe and twist in opposite directions they resist the deformation.
    Use thicker cardboard.

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    Ah, switch has been flipped. I can see the thread now. Looks like asics lethal seem to be very popular. Do they come in different types of studs/cleats?

    Use thicker cardboard
    Well, just tried stuffing a leftover cardboard box from christmas down them. Parcel tape got in the way! I mean, who thought of using cardboard in an asics boot! I wondered why they stunk so much after their first use! Or was that my refereeing? (that was a rhetorical Q)

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    I've just ordered some Asics Tigreor 3's (moulded not the full stud - I might get the full stud too if I get on with them). I've had calf pulls for a while now (tight calf muscles apparently) and the Podiatrist recommended Asics as a boot that will aid this (as well as exercises and orthotics) since they have the heel gradient built in. I haven't got them yet but I'll let you know what happens once they've arrived.
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    Default Re: Boot advice needed for achilles injury - new ref

    Yes, the heel gradient seems like a good idea, should take the strain off the achilles and calf.

    Out of interest, do people prefer moulded to stud - even on soft turf. Anyone notice a difference where achilles and calves are concerned?

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