The Hazards of Baseball
Baseball is a popular, fun and competitive sport, but like most sports, puts tremendous force on the feet and ankles. Each position has different requirements, many of which place pressure on the legs and feet and may cause back and foot pain or orthopedic damage to the lower extremities, especially in professional players or amateurs who play on a regular basis. Stability is crucial for pitchers; baseline and field players have to be able to react quickly; batters make sudden motions when they start running to the base and have to protect their ankles when they slide. They change directions often and abruptly, must run quickly and make sudden stops. When repeated frequently on a regular basis, these activities can cause pain or even injury to the lower extremities.
Injury can be caused by sudden, forceful blows or impacts, or develop gradually and become increasingly severe and painful over time. While acute injuries are difficult to avoid, chronic injuries can be prevented or at least minimized with proper orthotic insoles.
Protecting your Feet
Custom-made baseball orthotic insoles are specially designed to support baseball players’ feet and absorb shock during the game. They maintain the foot’s natural position even when players assume positions that are unnatural to normal foot structure, and improve alignment between the feet and legs to minimize stress and distribute weight evenly to take pressure off sore and vulnerable parts of the feet. Proper alignment can prevent pain and discomfort while playing and improve performance on the baseball field.
It’s important for baseball players to keep their feet dry during the game. Slipping and sliding inside the shoe can increase the risk of injury, and even cause dermatological problems such as irritation, warts and blisters that cause foot pain and inhibit performance. The tremendous strain that athletes place on their legs and feet can create imbalances and damage to bone structure, resulting in bunions, plantar fasciitis, flat feet and collapsed arches. These imbalances can cause pain in the feet, legs and lower back or even injuries such as ankle sprains, torn ligaments and pulled muscles.
Custom-made orthotic insoles are tailored specifically for athletes’ feet and for the type of sport that they play. The orthotic shoe inserts effectively support the foot and improve alignment and provide optimal protection. They are shaped precisely to suit the shape, size and structure of your feet and your primary athletic activities, and to address the specific problems that cause pain and inhibit your performance.