05 Jan Ankle and Foot Bracing for Basketball and More
Bracing for Basketball
You might know about using braces and orthotics to help sports injuries heal. But there’s one sport where using braces, orthotics and other devices should be used proactively, to prevent injuries from happening in the first place.
Basketball players experience some of the highest injury rates of any sport. Foot and ankle injuries affect boys and girls equally and are just as common among first-time players as they are among professional athletes. The good news? It doesn’t have to be that way. With the use of specialty orthotics and bracing, players can find a safer way to enjoy the game.
How Basketball Causes Injuries
Basketball is a fast-paced game that requires players to make quick stops and starts and to put their bodies through frequent high-impact moves. The mix of jumping, sprinting and sidestepping on a slick, fast floor makes twisted ankles and other injuries part of the routine.
The most common basketball injuries are sprained ankles, knee injuries, and foot fractures. Shoes that don’t fit correctly can lead to foot fractures when the foot spins out of the shoe. The constant twisting that players put tremendous strain on the knee’s ligaments. Overuse is a major cause of foot and lower leg fractures.
Benefits of Braces
If you have children who play basketball, or you like to get out and shoot hoops yourself, you’re probably wondering how to prevent these injuries.
One clear answer is to use braces. Custom-fitted braces will support the ligaments and help prevent ligament strains.
These braces work by limiting the ankle’s range of motion while having a minimal effect on the athlete’s ability to run and jump. Brace types range from soft to semi-rigid.
At Shuman Podiatry & Sports Medicine we build custom fitted orthotics and the best option for you, call us to set up a consultation and fitting.
Orthotics for Prevention
Podiatrists have seen promising results from using orthotics as preventive measures. Custom orthotics that are correctly sized and fitted can stabilize the feet and ankles, making injury less likely during frequent stops, turns and jumps.
The type of orthotic you’ll need depends on the type of pain you feel when playing. A podiatrist can examine your gait to determine what type of orthotic would give you the best support.
At Shuman Podiatry & Sports Medicine, we use a custom fitting solution with 3D imagery to craft an orthotic made just for you. We’ll fit the orthotics to your basketball shoes and keep your feet supported and safe.
Call Team Shuman
Whether you’re a casual or competitive player, you shouldn’t have to worry about basketball injuries. You also don’t want your children or the children you coach to suffer sprains or fractures.
Call Shuman Podiatry & Sports Medicine for a full consultation that will get you outfitted the right way before you head for the court. Our team is here to help your team play their favorite sport in a fun, safe way. Call us and get ready for a winning, injury-free season.