The Hazards of Soccer
Soccer is one of the most popular sports in all parts of the world, but professional and amateur players alike must be aware of the potential risks involved in playing soccer or other types of sports and intensive physical activity. Soccer requires high impact movements such as kicking, jumping, landing hard and running, which places tremendous pressure on the feet and legs. Even minor biomechanical imbalances can be intensified by this type of frequent, intensive activity and result in pain and injuries to the feet, ankle, knees and hips.
Injuries may be caused by sudden, forceful blows, 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 the proper orthotic inserts. Custom-made foot orthotics correct biomechanical problems and maintain proper alignment between the leg and the foot to enhance performance and significantly reduce the risk of injury.
The constant strain that soccer players place on their legs and feet can create bone structure imbalances such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, flat feet, and collapsed arches. These imbalances can cause pain on the feet, legs and lower back or even injuries such as ankle sprains, torn ligaments and pulled muscles.
Protection and Prevention
The risk of injury to soccer players is further increased by cleats, which offer little support for the feet, ankles and arches, unlike running shoes which provide a greater degree of support and cushioning. Foot orthotics that are custom-made for soccer players are crucial for adding support and control for the feet and ankles to prevent acute and chronic injuries. They are also thinner than most foot inserts to accommodate the smaller, tighter fit of soccer shoes, and placed differently than other inserts for maximum comfort and protection.
Custom-made orthotic insoles are tailored especially for the athlete’s foot and primary type of sport. A specialist measures your foot and creates a mold to create custom-made orthotics that guarantee maximum effectiveness and optimal protection. They are shaped precisely to suit the shape, size and structure of your feet, and to accommodate the specific needs of a soccer player. They will also be specially tailored to any biomechanical problem that you suffer from in your lower extremities. They provide the stability and support that you need to enhance performance on the soccer field and reduce the risk of injury.