The Hazards of Basketball
Basketball can be a fun, competitive sport, and great exercise, but it puts tremendous force on the feet and ankles. It’s a sport that involves running, jumping and sudden stops, which 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. The fact that basketball players are typically of above-average height and weight makes them even more susceptible to injury. Two common types of injury are those caused by sudden, forceful blows, and those that 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 the proper orthotic inserts.
Basketball orthotic insoles are specially designed to support your feet and absorb shock during the game by maintaining the foot’s natural position even while you assume positions that are unnatural to the human foot structure. This improves alignment between the feet and legs to minimize stress on the lower extremities and distribute weight evenly to take pressure off sore and vulnerable parts of your feet. By maintaining proper alignment and position of your legs and feet, you’ll prevent pain and discomfort and improve performance on the basketball court.
The constant strain that basketball players place on their legs and feet can create imbalances such as 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. Basketball foot orthotics reduce abnormal foot motion, structural changes and risk of injury, and have even been proven to enhance performance.
It’s also important for basketball players to keep their feet dry while they play. When the foot slips and slides inside the shoe, there is a greater risk of injury.
Dermatological problems such as irritation, warts and blisters which cause foot pain and can interfere with performance on the basketball court, are also caused when feet are not kept sufficiently dry and airy.
Custom-made orthotic insoles are tailored especially for the athlete’s foot. The custom-made foot orthotics that you receive guarantee maximum effectiveness and optimal protection as they are shaped precisely to suit the shape, size and structure of your feet and address the specific problems that you suffer from – whether as a result of a biomechanical problem or of stress borne by the legs and feet during frequent basketball games and other athletic activities.