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By Dr. Sarah Matouk
March 20, 2018
Category: Uncategorized

Almost every move in basketball relies on our feet.  Basketball is a high-impact and physically demanding sport, and our feet are the foundation of any basketball players' game; whether it's running up and down the court, landing a free throw or a jump shot, our feet and ankles take a beating. Many injuries are from overuse to specific parts of our feet and ankles, or sudden trauma or fracture from the high demands of the game.  Here at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, we can provide you with the knowledge, treatment and management of existing foot problems, exacerbated problems, or new ones that may arise. 

Many of the pains and injuries sustained in basketball can be helped and prevented by proper conditioning.  Stretching before and after playing, and weight lifting to strengthen the lower body muscles can help to reduce the likelihood of chronic and repetitive injuries. Every good exercise routine needs the proper support of our feet, which means finding the right shoes.

Shoes can go a long way in preventing sore or injured feet in basketball.  The appropriate pair can help prevent ankle, foot, knee, leg and even hip and back pain.  Shoes provide proper stability, flexibility and shock absorption, but remember, not every shoe was created equally.  Athletes need the right shoe to handle the high demands of the specific game.  Basketball footwear has a high cut designs to assist with ankle stability while jumping and side to side actions. Everyone has a unique foot shape, and sometimes shoes alone are not enough to support the athlete.  A custom pair of orthotics will help to distribute body weight evenly, and correct any abnormalities in your feet, such as flat feet. 

At DM Foot and Ankle, we understand that not every basketball players feet are the same, but the love for the game is.  We cater our treatment protocol to you as an athlete.  Treatments may include shoe counseling, prescription orthotics, exercises and taping of the foot and ankle, training regiments to strengthen foot and ankle muscles and tendons, and even surgery in acute injury or severe cases.  Seek a consultation off or during the season, and let us help you play your best!

 

By DM Foot and Ankle Associates
December 08, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: podiatrist   hockey   sports   Winter   Basketball   foot   Lemont   skates   volleyball  

Winter is the season for all of our favorite indoor sports. Our feet are not to be forgotten about in the midst of all the excitement during this season. We have put together some tips to keep in mind when picking out your shoe gear for your winter sports.

Basketball Shoes

Basketball shoe gear comes in 3 main styles: High-tops, mid-tops and low-tops. Regardless of which style you prefer, always be sure to have someone properly measure your foot for your correct shoe size.

· High Tops - High-top basketball shoes offer the most ankle support, but will be a bit heavier than the other styles due to the extra material. If you are looking for the most supportive basketball shoe and can handle some extra weight, this is the shoe for you.

· Mid-tops - The mid-top stops at ankle level which allows more freedom and movement than the high-top and still provides sufficient ankle support.  This is most popular among basketball players.

· Low-tops - The main advantage of this style is that it is light weight which allows players optimize speed and quickness. However, this style does not offer much ankle support.

Hockey Skates

Hockey skates should fit 1-1.5 sizes smaller than your street shoes. Your toes should barely touch the toe cap and have no more than 1/4 of an inch of space in the heel. Once the skates have been laced up, they should feel snug with the foot resting flat.

 

Volleyball Shoes

The keys to an ideal volleyball shoe are: cushioning, stability, breathability and something lightweight. Cushioning is   especially major for an every day player or someone who plays in  tournaments. The  stability a player gets from these shoes is important as no other shoe is made for all the motions of volleyball. That is why it is important to purchase an actual volleyball shoe when playing instead of trying to use your every day running shoes. Breathability is also important as this is what keeps your feet cool and dry, so look for a shoe that has mesh incorporated into it which will promote breathability. Most volleyball shoes are already made lightweight to allow them to respond to your every move quickly.

Our podiatrists treat patients in Lemont, Homer Glen and surrounding neighborhoods. Please contact our office at (630) 863-7517 to schedule an evaulation today!

By Dr. Michelle Kim
March 26, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

 

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!