Proper Footwear for Basketball
Basketball is one of the demanding games on our feet. Mostly due to all the different movements the game requires, such as running, twisting, and jumping. All these different movements put every area of the foot at risk for injury. Appropriate conditioning, stretching, and properly fitting footwear are all vital to staying healthy and injury-free while playing basketball.
The key traits to look for in basketball shoes are stability, shock absorption, and traction. People susceptible to ankle injuries should consider wearing a high-top or three-quarter shoes, which give more support to some parts of the foot.
Here are some qualities to look for in a basketball shoe:
- A roomy, wide toe box so your toes can move and wiggle around. A crowded, cramped toe box can cause blisters, corns, and calluses.
- Breathable and lightweight materials for the uppers; Leather is usually recommended.
- Dense, abrasion-resistant soles. Look for soles that are low to the ground for added traction and support.
- A midsole with plenty of cushioning for a good layer of shock absorption. An EVA or EVA-compressed layer is lightweight but isn’t as durable or stable. A polyurethane layer has more stability, but is usually heavier as well.
- Bend in the forefoot, which is located at the ball of the foot near the toes. You want a good bend there, but you want less of a bend in the arch area. You need extra support in the arch of the foot to help keep the foot stable.
- A firm heel counter, which fits the foot snugly.
- Laces as opposed to other forms of closure. With laces, you can adjust according to your foot and the support your feet needs.
When you buy any type of shoes, including basketball shoes, you should always take the socks you are going to wear while playing to try them on with. Also, when you are measuring your feet, stand up, don’t sit, and always choose shoes based on your larger foot. When you put the shoes on, walk around, turn, twist, and jump in each pair of shoes you try on. Try doing these movements on a hard surface to see how your foot feels in the shoe. And, finally and most importantly, choose a shoe that is comfortable. If it is not comfortable, it is not the right shoe.