Best Basketball Insoles - Enhance Your Comfort and Your Game

by Mark Paigen August 23, 2018

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Sure, being tall can be an advantage in basketball, but so is your ability to navigate the court with balance, dexterity, and ease. All of this requires proper footwear that supports your heels, ankles, and arches. The best basketball insoles can help to ease foot pain and correct issues related to biomechanical irregularities. Insoles keep you comfortable, so you can keep your head in the game.

Learn more about common basketball foot problems and how insoles can help. Or, get fitted with a great pair of inserts now:


Foot Issues Can Affect Your Game

Whether you’re playing for pleasure or are on your way to the pros, there’s one thing that’s always true about basketball: you play on your feet. Having the right foot support can help you avoid common basketball foot injuries or aid you in correcting your gait during the game.

It’s important to address potential foot problems as soon as you notice something is wrong. Ignoring foot irregularities can lead to permanent injuries that can hamper your game and harm your basketball future.

Common Basketball Foot Problems

Some of the most common basketball foot problems include stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, flat feet, and “basketball heel”. Learn more about each of these issues and how the best basketball insoles can help.

Stress Fractures

Basketball courts are generally hard wood or concrete surfaces. The stress of constantly pounding your feet as you run and jump on these surfaces can cause small cracks in your bones. These cracks are known as “fatigue fractures,” or “stress fractures.”

While they may start off as minor foot pain, these tiny, hard-to-diagnose bone fissures can, if left untreated, become bone breaks. If you let things get this bad, you’ll be out of the game for a while. A break can require lengthy rehabilitation that keeps you off the court for a long time—or forever. The good news is that proper insole cushioning can help to prevent the development of stress fractures, keeping you pain-free and allowing you to enjoy basketball for years to come.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a debilitatingly painful condition that develops gradually from overuse of the plantar fascia—the long, flat ligament on the bottom of your foot. Tiny tears in the ligament contribute to pain and inflammation. This is exacerbated whenever you flex your toes upward or stretch your arches.

One of the leading causes of plantar fasciitis in basketball players is the lack of proper support in lightweight basketball shoes. Other factors that can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis include constant running on hard surfaces, quick direction reversal, and insufficient stretching prior to taking the court. Symptoms of this condition include foot and heel swelling, stiffness, inflammation, tenderness, and pain. Tread Labs basketball insoles offer an affordable, semi-custom solution to help prevent plantar fasciitis.

Flat Feet & Overpronation

Constant running on hard surfaces can cause your arches to collapse, leading to overpronation, leg misalignment, and heel, knee and leg pain. Custom orthotic inserts may cost upwards of $400 and require multiple fittings, but semi-custom athletic inserts from Tread Labs will provide arch support and cushioning comfort at a fraction of that price.

Basketball Heel

Like Plantar Fasciitis, the painful heel condition known as “Basketball Heel” is a repetitive injury that is caused by bone or tendon overuse. The condition can take weeks to resolve, requiring that you stay off the foot and ice it often. Tread Labs insoles can give you the heel support you need to prevent injuries like these and keep you from being sidelined.

Improve Your Foot Support

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Lightweight sneakers with minimal support are frequently marketed to basketball players. They promise to help you be light on your feet as you move across the court. Unfortunately, without the right support, you can wind up with serious foot problems that will keep you from moving on the court at all.

But don’t worry. You can still rock your favorite pair of Jordan’s while getting the support you need. You can increase the arch, ankle, and heel support in your basketball shoes by removing the factory insoles and replacing them with a quality pair of basketball inserts. Firm athletic insoles provide heel cushioning against impact and arch support that helps prevent overpronation when you run.

Finding The Right Basketball Shoes & Inserts

Playing basketball well means being quick on your feet. To perform at your best, you need footwear that will support constant running, jumping, and quick turns on the court. Factory basketball shoe insoles may suffice for the occasional playground match. But for serious players, semi-custom insoles can mean the difference between painful injuries and comfortable confidence on the court.

Here are a few tips for selecting the best shoes and inserts for basketball:

  • Durability & Flex.Choose shoes that offer a combination of strength and flexibility. Replace the factory insoles with inserts that match your arch-height and foot contour. Find your insole fit here.
  • Measure Your Foot. Take careful measurement of your foot to ensure correct sizing when purchasing your shoes or insoles.
  • Toe Space.Make sure there is a bit of space between the end of your big toe and the tip of the shoe when fitting your shoes.
  • Try Them Out.Jog in place to test the comfort of the shoe’s width, and ensure the heel does not slip. At Tread Labs, we let you try out our insoles too, offering a 30-day fit guarantee.
  • Consider The Court.Choose a shoe bottom that is designed for the court surface you intend to play on most. If you will be playing mostly on outdoor courts, pick a shoe with a more durable sole. For indoor courts, look for rubber soles with ribbed bottoms that provide proper traction on slippery surfaces.
  • Inspect For Wear.Replace worn basketball shoes regularly, especially if you play on a team or practice several times a week. Tread Labs arch supports are guaranteed for life and have an antimicrobial replaceable polyester top cover that can be purchased as needed for only $15.

Try Tread Labs Semi-Custom Insoles

Improve the biomechanics of your stride, foot safety, and comfort on the court with semi-custom Tread Labs basketball shoe insoles.


Mark Paigen
Mark Paigen

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