The footwork in basketball makes a tremendous difference in your performance with directional changes, running, jumping and constant movement. The investment in shoes alone is huge, but what about improving the performance of that basketball shoe with foot orthotics? Ricky Hickman, a point guard for Armani Jeans Milano Olympic Team in Italian basketball recently was fitted with Formthotics by our Italian friends, Manualmente - Formazione in Movimento.
Competitive artistic gymnastics is one of the few sports that demonstrates both elegance, and tremendous power and strength. If you are crazy enough to be involved in such an extreme sport, you will know how much hard work, commitment, blood, sweat and tears is involved in order to become a superhuman (aka gymnast).
Sever's disease blog article
There are a number of causes of heel pain in the young athletic population with the most common being calcaneal apophysitis (also known as Sever’s disease or Sever’s type pain). Sever first reported calcaneal apophysitis in 1912 as an inflammation of the apophysis, causing discomfort to the heel, mild swelling and difficulty walking in growing children.
The Papanui Redwood 8th Grade Rockets in Christchurch, New Zealand, have been fitted out with Formthotics™ this season – and without a doubt they have scored, becoming the 8th grade club winners’ this September!
If you have just been fitted with orthotics or have been having some pain or discomfort in your your feet or legs you should keep the following in mind when shopping for new shoes. Take your orthotics with you when you go shopping.
Flat feet, or fallen arches, are a fairly common foot condition, affecting an estimated 20-30% of the general population. Just like the name suggests, flat feet are diagnosed when the arch of the foot is collapsed so the whole foot rests flat on the ground.
The use of orthotics for children is a highly controversial subject that is rarely agreed upon by medical practitioners. The general consensus in New Zealand is that orthotics should only be used for children when symptoms related to foot and leg function are evident i.e. Osgood Schlatters (anterior knee pain).
This is because children are still growing and developing and they may simply outgrow any concerns. However, often there are symptoms other than pain. Parents bring their children in to our clinic as they are concerned about their child excessively tripping or walking funny, these issues often resolve as the child ages however intervention from a podiatrist can help them successfully progress to this stage.