Tennis can be rough on your body. All the sudden starts and stops, pivoting, and quick movements forward, backward and side-to-side. Your feet end up bearing the brunt of the impact, putting them at risk for some common injuries...unless you take good care of them.
On the court, your footwork is critical. The right pair of tennis shoes can help you avoid injury and make a difference in your game. But there's also one other piece of footwear that you should be using. Before talk about that, let's talk about why the right footwear is so important.
Tennis puts a lot of stress on your feet. The instant changes in direction, frequent acceleration and abrupt stops put pressure on your feet and ankles, usually when they're in a rotated position. Rapid stops can force your toes into the front of your shoes.
Injuries among tennis players can run the gamut from minor to major, but either way, they're unwelcome if they're taking you off the court or preventing you from playing you best.
According to Dr. Kris DiNucci, a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, "Because playing tennis requires quick, repetitive foot movements and continuous foot pressure, neuromas are common." He continues, "In addition, those same movements can cause athletes to develop plantar fasciitis."
Beyond neuromas and plantar fasciitis, tennis players are also susceptible to foot injuries like:
Tennis injury prevention starts with playing in the right tennis shoes.
Selecting the right tennis shoes helps mitigate some of the stress you put on your body, but what should you be looking for when you're buying new shoes for tennis? According to World Tennis Magazine, there are six things to consider:
In addition to these considerations, you should also think about arch support in your tennis shoes. Like other shoes, tennis sneakers are made with the minimum amount of arch support. Adding insoles to your tennis shoes can not only help your game, but also help you avoid injury.
As Podiatrist Dennis Sharnoff says, orthotics are helpful to tennis players to:
The best insoles for tennis shoes will increase the contact area between the bottom of your foot and your shoe. That stabilizes your foot which minimizes blisters and overall friction. It also controls pronation.
Insoles also increase your proprioception, or the sense of the how your body is positioned. That heightened awareness translates to faster response and a higher level of play.
When it comes to buying insoles for your tennis shoes, you have tons of options. Figuring out whether you need custom orthotics or over-the-counter insoles is easier than you think.
The truth is, unless you are diabetic, a high performance athlete, or have serious biomechanical issues and recurring injuries that aren't addressed with over-the-counter insoles, you probably don't need custom orthotics.
When you're looking at over-the-counter insoles for your tennis shoes, look for:
Before you hit the court for your next match, slip a pair of the best tennis insoles into your tennis shoes and see how they improve your comfort, reduce your fatigue and lessen leg cramps, and better align your foot and lower extremities.
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Mark has always believed exceptional footwear can change lives. He's been in the footwear industry for over 30 years, working with podiatrists, pedorthists, foot care experts, and footwear makers. Mark started Chaco sandals in 1989 and developed a game-changing sport sandal that delivered comfort and durability. After Chaco sold in 2009, Mark ultimately started Tread Labs to continue transforming people's footwear so they can walk better, feel better, live better.
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