3 of the most common foot injuries for basketball players and how to prevent them

Basketball is a popular sport and with good reason. It’s fast paced, intense and fun. Of course, that pace can encourage a lot of stress and strain on the lower body. Basketball foot injury can be common as players run, jump, pivot and make plenty of sudden stops and direction changes during games. Here are 3 of the most common basketball foot injury and how to prevent them.

Ankle sprains

Ankles take a lot of pressure during basketball matches. If a player’s lower body alignment isn’t correct, twists and sprains can occur easily. Basketballers often sprain their ankles when they land on an uneven surface, such as another player’s foot, or through sudden changes of direction on court. The awkward angles can cause the supporting ligaments to stretch beyond their normal range, causing the strain. Sports performance insoles can help to reduce this rolling during play due to their supporting shape and superior shock diffusion technology.

Fractures

Each foot is made up of 26 bones. When basketball players spend a lot of time on hard surfaces and apply force on the feet by repeatedly jumping, the small bones can be placed under so much pressure they fracture. Small breaks such as stress fractures can take some time to develop and are usually related to overuse, while more significant or sudden breaks are typically caused by impacts. Prevent this basketball foot injury by warming up well, avoiding overtraining and using proper landing techniques when jumping.

Plantar fasciitis

If basketball players have poor foot structure such as flat feet or pronation issues, a common issue may develop, called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia runs along the sole of the foot and connects at the heel. If this band of tissue becomes inflamed pain will present at the heel. This is also known as bone spurs, although the bone itself isn’t impacted. It will get worse if it’s ignored, so it’s best to rest the injury if it’s observed. Prevent plantar fasciitis by wearing corrective sports performance insoles, warming up the feet before training or playing, and reducing the overall weight burden on the tissue.

 

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The best insoles and socks for recovery from a foot injury

Whether you are recovering from an injury or surgery the important thing is to reduce the shock going into the foot. The perfect device for this is the Comfort full length because of how the material reacts under the foot and with 44% shock absorption this should make you feel better under the foot. If you feel you also need stability and perhaps suffer from cramp a combination of the comfort full length and Enertor recovery socks is a perfect choice.

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Whilst Enertor has over 18 years Orthotics experience, our blog content is provided for informational purposes only and it is not a substitute for your own doctor’s medical advice. Enertor advises anyone with an injury to seek their own medical advice – and do not make any health or medical related decisions based solely on information found on this site.

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  • Dennis Sanchez

    I thought it was interesting that you mentioned that each foot has 26 bones that make up the structure of it. My son recently sprained his ankle playing soccer. I should probably take him to a doctor to make sure that it’s only a sprain. https://www.familyfootanklephysicians.com/foot-care/


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