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Basketball Orthotics

In basketball, tremendous force is put upon the ankles and feet. Without proper equipment and preparation, injuries will almost always occur. Two distinct types of injury to the feet and ankles can occur in basketball: acute injury from a sudden and forceful blow, or chronic injury, which slowly develops and becomes worse over time.

Most acute foot and ankle injuries occur from landing improperly from a jump or twisting while falling. These are usually accidental and are difficult to prevent. The most common acute injuries are ankle sprains, but also include ligament tears, pulled muscles and broken bones.

Chronic, or overuse, injuries can be caused by not warming up adequately, poor conditioning, shoe fit issues, worn out shoes, or a biomechanical problem that causes excessive stress on the foot and ankle. Common chronic injuries seen in basketball include stress fractures of the shins and metatarsals, plantar fasciitis, sesamoiditis, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, and blisters.

The type of orthotics we prescribe for basketball players is dependent on the problem each individual player presents with. Players experiencing ankle sprains may receive a very different orthotic then those experiencing heel pain. A complete biomechanical and gait evaluation will help us determine the proper orthotic for your specific problem.