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Basketball season will begin for players of all ages and skill levels coming in for acute post-injury treatment and preventative care.

 

All of the players who are provided with custom orthotics will successfully prevents any stress-related injuries, so that preventative care with custom orthoses is critical in the elite level basketball player. The basics of basketball orthoses can be mentioned as shock absorption and shear force reduction while simultaneously accomplishing some form of hindfoot control and midfoot support. The orthotics can be rigid, semi rigid and accommodative. those who request a rigid device are players with relatively normal biomechanics and have worn custom orthotics for several years. semi rigid or an accommodative device are sometimes requested by players as well. It's noteworthy to remember that assessment of player is very important since it will be useful in different aspects. As an example, during jumping and landing in basketball the device should be design to absorb most of the shock.

The rigid orthotics made by XT is thin, light and rigid. XT is stiffer and less forgiving than polypropylene , but offers the advantages of being lighter and thinner. It is essential to make the device full-length for basketball with 1/16-inch perforated Poron topcovers provide additional shock absorption and “breathability” to the device.

A semi-rigid shell, such as a 1/8-inch to ¼-inch polypropylene device could be used in combination with multiple layers of shock absorbing materials such as EVA and poron  .As a matter of fact choosing the type of material has to be decided by the specialist to best serve the player.

 

Other than deep heel seat that will help with rear foot control, several other modifications such as a more flexible type of shell, can be useful in the orthotics design in order to provide more midfoot support and rear foot control. such as :

 

 

 is contraindicated in the basketball device because it will raise the height of the subtalar joint axis from the floor and increase the mechanical leverage for ground reaction force, leading to inversion ankle injuries in the athlete.

 

 to add further shock absorption for the tremendous forces that occur during playing at heel contact is recommended.

 

 are useful in taking pressure off the metatarsal area and providing more midfoot support.

 

 made of cork or Poron. This will not only aid in jumping by helping to engage the peroneal longus tendon but additionally provides further shock absorption to the forefoot.