What is the number one purchase most basketball players think about? Kicks. Jordans. Laces. Straps. Sneakers. Trainers. We think about how great our shoes look, how high they’ll help us jump, and how fast they’ll help us run. But how often do we stop and think about whether they will protect us from foot and ankle injuries on the court?
Even if an injury is not your first concern when you pick out new footwear for basketball, protection and safety should be a major consideration. Both chronic (long-term) and acute (traumatic) injuries to the foot and ankle are extremely common among basketball players of all ages, making up nearly 40% of all basketball-related injuries. All that jumping, running, twisting, and stopping mean one thing to your joints–stress and trauma. These two categories of injuries have their own range of diagnoses and treatment options.
- Heel pain (plantar fasciitis)
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ankle instability
- Stress fractures
- Posterior tibial tendonitis (or PTTD)
- Calcaneal apophysitis
Most stress-related injuries can heal completely if treated correctly, with a combination of rest, physiotherapy, EPAT and other complementary modalities.
Traumatic injuries happen more suddenly and immediately, and can include fractures of the ankle, the talus (bone between the heel bone and the two bones of the lower leg), the heel, the midfoot (also known as the Lisfranc), the toes, and the forefoot. These can occur as a result of another player stepping on your foot or otherwise interfering with your forward motion, from landing wrong after a jump, or simply from losing your footing and stepping incorrectly.
Buying different shoes certainly isn’t the only way to prevent such injuries. Most foot and ankle injuries are indeed accidental. However, with proper training, equipment, and stretching, as well as playing in well-maintained facilities, the danger can be minimized. Request an appointment today to if you have experienced a basketball related injury or would like to learn more about preventing a sports injury this season.