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Which of the following exercises is important to incorporate into an Achilles tendinopathy rehabilitation protocol following a period of diminished intensity of activities?
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A 48-year-old male complains of 5 years of heel pain while running. Initially the pain was relieved with Achilles tendon stretching, orthotics, and open-backed shoe wear. Over the past year these modalities are no longer helpful and he is beginning to have pain with walking. Clinical photograph and radiograph are provided in figures A and B. Which of the following treatment options is the best choice to relieve pain and improve function?
Arizona gauntlet brace
Achilles tendon debridement
Achilles tendon debridement, calcaneal exostectomy, and possible FHL transfer