Modified shoes among cricket players may lead to foot problems

Cricket players at risk of foot, knee injury due to modified shoes

cricket player modified shoesFast bowlers in cricket often modify running or cross-training shoes by adhering a stiff, spiked sole over the existing sole in an effort to gain an edge over the competition.

However, a report in ABC Science reveals that this alters the way that they stop after pitching a ball, hindering the shock absorption of the abrupt motion in the foot and sending it up through the knee, hip and lower back.

"The main thing we're seeing in our results is the effect of footwear on the front knee. We're seeing that the custom modified shoe seems to be increasing that external rotation moment, which we think could be a mechanism of injury," said Chris Bishop, lead researcher of a University of Australia study that examined the effect of cricket footwear.

Overpronation leads to bunions

Over time, such outward rotation may cause the foot to overpronate. reports that overpronation has a tendency to lead to bunions or hammer toe, conditions that are common in many athletes.

Luckily, those who love cricket may not need to spend time away from their game due to bunion surgery, since bunion splints or orthotics have been shown to help prevent or correct bunions or hammer toe.

Additionally, bowlers who modify their shoes may want to reconsider the practice and visit a doctor who specializes in sports medicine if complications occur. 



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