March can be Madness on your feet!
Especially, if you’re a basketball player. Athletes are constantly pushing their feet and their bodies to the limit. There is extra pressure being put on their feet at every jump, hop, and sprint. The risk for torn ligaments, stretched muscles, sprains, and broken bones is very high. For this reason, proper shoe gear is a necessity to try and minimize these problems.
When selecting athletic footwear it is important to keep these things in mind:
- Choose a shoe that is right for the sport you are participating in; wrong shoe type can cause pain and higher potential for injury.
- A wide toe box gives room for toes to move. Lack of space can lead to blisters, corns and calluses.
- Lightweight, breathable materials are recommended.
- Dense, abrasion resistant soles that are low to the ground give better traction & support.
- Make sure you have a well cushioned mid-sole for a shock absorbing layer.
- The shoes should bend in the forefoot, and have less bend in the arch – you need added support in the arch to keep the foot stable.
- Must have a firm heel counter that fits snugly.
Ankle sprains are particularly common in basketball but repeated shock and pressure on the foot can lead to inflammations like Achilles Tendinitis, Plantar Fasciitis and Sesamoiditis. To help avoid these problems and others associated with basketball, be sure to be proactive and choose the right shoes to support your feet and to keep you on the court!