From kickflips and fakies to grinds and manuals, your feet can take a beating when you're riding your board. Skateboarders are prone to foot injuries, which can occur due to sudden impacts or overuse. But, the right footwear can keep you from having to take a long-term vacation from the board because of an injury.
Catching air or nailing a trick you've been working on for ages can be exhilarating, but the impact on your feet when you hit the ground can cause serious injury and leave you grounded for good.
Injuries like bone spurs, fractures, and plantar fasciitis are common among skateboarders who don't have the proper foot support. Scrapes and cuts can lead to serious infections when they're not taken care of quickly. Small sprains can cause biomechanical problems in your feet that can inhibit your skateboarding performance and even trigger ankle, knee, and lower back pain.
So, how do you keep on skating and protect your feet? Start with the right footwear and arch support. The right skate shoe insoles could even improve your performance by more evenly distributing your weight and giving you more control over your maneuvers.
If your feet are in pain while you're skateboarding, it's time to get off the pipe and see a podiatrist. Diagnosing and treating foot pain early is the best way to avoid chronic foot and ankle malfunction. Even small foot pain can lead to big trouble if ignored.
Your feet are constantly working when you're skateboarding. The thrill of pushing harder to land your next trick, often taking big air, can mean repeatedly landing on hard surfaces and stretching or overextending in falls. Which can lead to common skateboarding foot injuries like these:
Skate shoes come with generic factory inserts that don't do much to support your arches or protect your foot from the punishing impacts your feet experience while skateboarding. To protect your feet, ankles and knees from constant impact, you'll want to swap out the factory inserts with insoles that have firm arch support.
Firm support will help to evenly distribute your weight and absorb shock while correcting any biomechanical issues you have. This is especially important for people who overpronate.
If you have chronic foot pain while skateboarding, or as a result of it, it's time to see a medical professional. A routine examination can reveal any hidden foot irregularities or injuries. Not addressing the pain can cause long-lasting issues.
The best skateboarding insoles will protect your foot against impact, cup your heel to prevent slippage during maneuvers, and provide added stability for your arch. You'll want to make sure you find a firm insole made of durable material (like carbon fiber) that will not buckle or collapse under the stress of impact.
The most important feature you want in your skate shoe insole is an arch support that matches the contours of your feet. Your arch should be comfortably supported from end to end. Remember, your feet aren't one-size-fits-all. Your insoles shouldn't be either.