You know how hard tennis can be on your body. All of 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, which puts them at risk for some common injuries...unless you take good care of them.
THE BASICS ---
Tennis players demand a lot from their feet with all of the quick movements the game requires. Taking proper care of your feet can help you avoid injury and stay on the court longer.
Injuries like stress fractures, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, bunions, and corns are higher for tennis players. However, a pair of insoles can help improve alignment and abnormal foot motions that are the root cause of these problems.
For flat-footed tennis players, firm arch support prevents overpronation. Players with high arches benefit from deep heel cups that stabilize the feet and prevent rolled ankles. Soft foam insoles don't support or stabilize.
We recommend Tread Labs Pace or Dash insoles. For firm support, go for Pace. If you like super-firm support and a ventilated top cover, check out Dash. The carbon fiber arch support is thin and light, while offering the stiffness you need for superior energy return.
On the court, your footwear is critical. Sure, having the right pair of tennis shoes is important, but just as critical is what you put in them. Your endurance and agility depend on your feet getting the support they need.
Why You Need The Right Tennis Shoes
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.
Selecting the right tennis shoes will help mitigate some of the stress you put on your body. You want shoes that fit snugly but with enough room so your toes don't bump the front of the shoe. To control moisture inside your tennis shoes, wear polyester or wool socks.
How Insoles Help Tennis Players
Adding insoles to your tennis shoes increases the contact area between the bottom of your foot and your shoe. This helps your game in several ways:
Proprioception (the sense of how your body is positioned) is increased. Heightened awareness translates to faster response and a higher level of play.
Pronation control prevents the risk of plantar fasciitis and other foot conditions by supporting your arches.
A more stable foot moves less inside your shoe minimizing blisters and overall friction.
Deep heel cups stabilize the rear foot and concentrate the fatty pad beneath your heel for additional cushioning.
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 address with over-the-counter insoles, you probably don't need custom orthotics.
An arch support that matches the contours of your feet. One size fits all insoles don't fit your unique arch. Look for insoles that offer a choice of arch heights so you get a perfect fit.
Firm support that will hold up to the impact of your movements on the court. Soft, cushioned insoles aren't made for support. You need arch supports that have a strong structure and won't collapse.
A durable insole that will hold up to what you put it through. You're going to put your insoles through a lot, and you don't want to have to replace them every time your top cover wears out. Tread Labs insoles are made in two parts. The replaceable top covers can be refreshed when ever you need to make your insoles new again. The molded arch supports are guaranteed for life.
Before you hit the court for your next match, slip a pair of 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.
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.