Dr. Kevan Orvitz
      Dr. Kevan Orvitz

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Basketball’s action is tough on feet, ankles, shins and knees

Fake right and break left…basketball is full of quick starts and stops along with plenty of floor stomping action. Players race up and down the court, twisting, turning and jumping. They are moving almost constantly. Even though basketball is technically a non-contact sport, a player’s feet can take a real beating out on the court. Running back and forth up and down the court, over and over and over again is tough on the feet. The hard wood floors offer no shock absorption and every step sends crushing pressure throughout the feet, ankles, knees and shins. Basketball insoles are the only source of shock absorption available to players.

Basketball injuries are commonplace

Whether it is played on a street court, high school or college gymnasium or on a professional basketball court, basketball injuries happen all the time. The most common injuries fall into two categories:

  1. Traumatic injuries: These are the types of injuries that are caused by a sudden force. The most common type of traumatic injury in basketball is the ankle sprain. A player’s foot comes down too hard on the court and the pressure causes their ankle to roll too far in the wrong direction which causes ligament damage. Other traumatic injuries include torn ligament in the knees or fractures of the bones in the feet or ankles.

  2. Overuse injuries: These injuries are caused by the repeated stress to the feet, ankles, shins and knees by the constant pounding motion of the game of basketball. Common types of overuse injuries include patellar tendinitis which is also known as “jumper’s knee” which causes tremendous pain in the tendon just below the kneecap. Another example of an overuse injury is Achilles tendonitis which is an injury involving the tendons running down the back of the leg attaching the muscles on the back of the calf to the heel bone.

Basketball injuries are not only painful, but some can dramatically affect a player’s future in the game.


Prevention is always the best medicine

It is always easier to prevent an injury than to wait for it to heal or even worse, continue playing on the injury and risk causing permanent, irreversible damage to a much needed part of the body like the feet, ankles or knees. Wearing a quality pair of basketball insoles can prevent a lot of the injuries that occur in basketball, most dramatically those caused by overuse. A quality pair of basketball insoles will absorb the shock that usually travels through the player’s feet up the ankles, shins and ultimately the knees. Reducing this shock will prevent the long term damage to the feet, ankles and knees and allow a player to have a longer, more comfortable career and not have limiting disabilities when they retire.

How basketball insoles work


A good set of basketball insoles will be made from a high quality material, such as dual layered memory foam, that will gently compress and rebound with each step a basketball player takes. The shock is absorbed and dispersed more evenly through the foot, preventing too much pressure from being felt in any one spot. Reducing the trauma from every step means that the tendons, muscles and bones are better protected and the player will not only have a reduced rate of injury, but will not get fatigued as easily so they will have more energy to play especially if the game goes into overtime.

Summary


The hard wood floors of the basketball court combined with the constant running, twisting and jumping puts basketball player at constant risk of foot, ankle and knee injuries. Basketball injuries may be caused by sudden trauma or overuse. A good way to prevent basketball injuries to the feet, ankles, shins and knees is to use a quality pair of basketball insoles.