Landing on toes may decrease knee injury, but bunion-sufferers should use caution
A study reveals that female basketball players who land on their toes may prevent knee injuries, but this may pose some problems for athletes with foot pain.
A team of researchers at the University of California, Davis has found that female basketball players may be able to avoid injury to the anterior cruciate ligament by changing the way they land when coming down from a jump.
The scientists instructed 14 volunteers to try to jump higher, land on the balls of the feet and bend their knees deeper before resuming movement in order to minimize knee injury.
They found that the modified jumping and landing technique reduced shock in the knee joint by an average of 56 percent. Additionally, the recommendations helped them jump about an inch higher than their previous average.
Bunions and hammer toe have been known to occur in females as young as 13, and the deformities most often develop in athletes and dancers. As as result, the advice to land on the ball of the foot may be problematic for basketball players with bunions or hammer toe.
These girls and women may want to consider correcting or reducing the appearance of their bunions with bunion splints or orthotics, which are considered to be non-invasive alternatives to painful bunion surgery.