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Soccer - Footwear Assessment

As you are aware conditioning for any sport is important to prevent the occurrence of injury but also for performance enhancement. But what you may not know is the importance of footwear and lower limb mechanics is ever more so important, and essential to achieve these results.

Podiatrists at Langwarrin Sports Medicine Centre are specialists in assessing both these elements, and can manage lower limb conditions with the intervention of orthoses, stretching and strengthening, but also with or solely with, a correct choice in footwear

Footwear selection can be a frustrating and confusing task, but one also which many people are very relaxed about. Each shoe has specifics tailored to certain individual foot-types and knowing these can improve comfort, function and prevent injury.

When assessing SOCCER boots the following needs to be considered:

SURFACE:

What is the surface are you training/playing on, and what type of training are you doing?

Hard grounds are the precursor for stress like injuries such as shin splints (medial / anterior shin pain), knee pain, stress fractures (within the feet and legs), and muscle stress/fatigue. Joint pain and growth conditions within the feet and blisters are also very common and are affected by ground surfaces.

Wearing runners for preseason running drills can be an easy way of conditioning the body after a long season absence, especially if there is a history of lower limb injury or if the individual is growing. Certain boots are now constructed with a foam midsole inserted between the last and the outsole of the shoe for added cushioning, and may be required.

TRACTION

Is specific to the hardness of the surface under foot and time of year.

Soccer boot manufacturers have now released a wide variety of traction systems ranging from moulded studs and screw in studs, to traxion technology resembling a tractor tread outsole. Adidas have even released a boot with three interchangeable soles. It is important when considering the tread to speak with our podiatrists when selecting shoes especially if you have a history of lower limb injury. The outsole style can also be determined by your field position and this also needs consideration.

DESIGN FEATURES

The last shape and width of the boot is relevant to each person individually, and requires careful assessment. The midsole stiffness is also relevant in providing support to an individual’s foot type during soccer especially due to its multidirectional nature of the game. Certain foot-types such as flat feet may require additional support in the form of an orthoses to complement the function of the boot. To improve performance, some boots are even weighted at the forefoot to increase the power and distance of the kick, and uppers designed to add curve to the kick.

These are only some features requiring consideration.
There are many other variations specific to an individuals selection in footwear, (not just in soccer boots) and is greatly affected by your foot type and function. If you would like further information or would like to have a consultation with our Podiatrists, call our clinic on the phone number listed below. Ensure all footwear accompanies you for this assessment &/or for a biomechanical assessment too.
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