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By Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama
November 15, 2017

In 2004, Duke University Medical Center conducted a study about how Basketball players move and how it affects them. This study allowed them to better understand the cause of stress fractures. This breakthrough allowed podiatrists and scientists to better understand the mechanics of the foot and why it is so susceptible to stress fractures. In particular, it focused on basketball players, as they are one of the many types of athletes who suffer from stress fractures and other foot related conditions. They are constantly on their feet and moving them at quick, sharp angles.

In order to research this topic, the group used 11 male college basketball players for the test. They used special electronic sensors that were able to give continuous readings when they were inserted into the soles of the shoes of the basketball players. They also used sensors on two major foot muscles to monitor their activity.

After the players were hooked up they were asked to perform 3 typical basketball maneuvers. These maneuvers were: landing on one foot after a jump, changing direction 180 degrees during a side shuffle and pivoting 180 degrees during a sprint forward. These three motions are the top three that cause stress fractures in the feet of basketball players.

After each player participated and performed as per the test, the results were collected and evaluated. The scientists concluded that simply adding more arch support to the shoes of the athletes could minimize the risk of career ending stress fractures. This allowed for athletes and their podiatrists to focus on a different type of fit for their shoes. Instead of shoes with a lower arch, they would need to look for shoes with a higher, more supportive arch to enable more cushion and shock absorption. Due to these heightened benefits, they would be less likely to suffer a stress fracture.

Do you or a loved one play basketball? Are you having a hard time choosing the right shoes for the sport? It is time to see a podiatrist from Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama located in Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Clarkston, and Trenton, Michigan. Dr. Mayer Salama and Dr. Daniel Salama will help you choose the right shoes for your sport. Call 313-274-0990 or make an appointment online to help. We know athletic feet.



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