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What To Look For When Buying Shoes For Basketball

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Due to all the jumping, running, twisting and turning, basketball is one of the hardest games on the feet. All the different movements that basketball requires puts strain on all areas of the feet.

Ankle sprains are a common basketball injury. Other injuries common in basketball include Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis and plantar fasciitis.

That is why it is very important to choose the right basketball shoes. Traction, shock absorption and foot and ankle stability are important qualities in a good basketball shoe.

Here are some other things you should look for:

  • A firm heel counter that fits snugly.
  • Bend in the forefoot of the shoe, which is at the ball of the foot near the toes. You don’t want a lot of bend in the arch, though. You need support in the arch to keep the foot stable.
  • A well-cushioned mid-sole. This will provide some shock absorption. An EVA layer or an EVA-compress layer is lightweight, but not as stable or durable, while a polyurethane layer is more stable, but is often heavier.
  • Shoes made of lightweight, breathable materials for the uppers, such as leather.
  • Dense, abrasion-resistant soles. Look for soles that are low to the ground for better support and traction.
  • A wide toe box with plenty of room for your toes to move. If you have a cramped toe box, it can lead to blister, corns, and calluses.
  • Shoe with laces as a form of closure. This gives you the ability to adjust for the support you need throughout your foot.

When you go to buy your shoes, take the socks you plan to wear with them and try them on with the socks. Many of us have one foot that is larger than other. You should always fit the shoes to the largest foot. Try to replicate the movements you will make on the basketball court when try the shoes on to see how it feels.

If you would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.

Category: Preventative Care

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