The Hazards of Tennis
Sports and exercise are crucial for maintaining our health and physical and emotional wellbeing. Different sports strain different parts of the body to different degrees. Some place extra force on the feet and legs, particularly among professional athletes. Tennis is one example of a fun, healthy sport that requires intensive training and regular activity. The majority of the force during the games is placed on the leg muscles and soles of the feet. The shock and strain on tennis players’ legs and feet as they jump and run on the court may cause health problems, orthopedic damage, injury or foot and leg pain that develop over time. Orthotic insoles specifically designed for tennis players can help prevent these problems from developing and alleviate existing ones. In addition to absorbing shocks and maintaining stability, insoles keep the foot dry to prevent it from slipping inside the shoe and causing irritation to the skin and risk to the ankles.
Tennis is a multidirectional sport that requires a wide range of movements such as short sprints, sudden halts, lunging, swinging. When assuming the starting position, tennis players bend their knees and place all of their weight on the balls of their feet, instead of distributing weight evenly across the entire foot. Without custom-made orthotics, the constant and uneven strain on the feet and legs can cause pain and impact performance. That’s why orthopedists recommend that professional and amateur tennis players alike be fitted for custom-made insoles that are tailored for the demands of the sport and the athletes’ needs.
Foot orthotics are recommended for avoiding leg cramps during extended games, aligning the foot, ankles and legs for better stability and protection, alleviating pain and discomfort caused by flat feet, high arches, plantar fasciitis and bunions, and increasing support provided by the shoe.
Custom-Made Tennis Orthotics
Custom-made orthotic insoles are made by a specialist that takes precise measurements and creates a plaster mold of the customer’s feet. They are uniquely shaped to protect the entire foot and distribute weight evenly throughout the game in order to avoid foot pain and prevent orthopedic damage to the foot, leg and knees. They support the foot so that it functions normally and efficiently, despite the demands and unnatural position assumed by tennis players during a game. By haveing an orthopedist fit you for custom-made insoles, you ensure that the insoles that you wear while you’re playing are shaped precisely to the shape, size and structure of your foot for maximum effectiveness and optimal protection.