Court insoles are devices used by tennis players to restore natural foot function and prevent injuries or other podiatry related problems from presenting in the foot or lower limb
What are court insoles?
Court insoles are inserts which are specific to ball sports such as tennis and are placed inside the shoes of patients who regularly participate in such sports. The purpose of such insoles is to manage problems at the foot and lower limb which are common in tennis players and as a result of this improve performance and prevent injury.
What podiatry related conditions can court insoles be useful for?
Court insoles are effectively used in the treatment or prevention of the following podiatry related conditions;
- Painful corns and callus
- Lateral ankle sprains
- Shin splints
- Mortons neuroma
How do court insoles work?
Court insoles work by supporting and stabilising the foot during tennis matches. Activities like tennis which require a great deal of running combined with abnormal stop-start movements can put the foot under increased stress and pressure. This movement combined with improper alignment of the foot structures makes them more susceptible to injury and disorder.
Tennis insoles provide the foot with extra protection from extreme movements by redistributing weight and allows for proper alignment of the bones within the foot. By correcting any imbalances foot motion is more efficient.
What are the benefits of court insoles?
The following are some of the many benefits associated with using court insoles in tennis shoes;
- They reduce the pain associated with increased foot stresses of tennis
- Improves performance on the tennis court
- Reduces muscle fatigue
- Prevent injury and reduce the amount of time spent off the court recovering
- Provide the foot with cushioning allowing for greater comfort
- Acts as a shock absorber ' protecting the foot from excessive force
Similar treatments / services that could help?
Treatments which are available and can be used either alongside court insoles or as an alternative treatment include;
- Muscle stretching and strengthening exercises
- Personalised exercise programmes
- Debriding of corns and callus
- Padding and strapping techniques
- Massage therapy
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