Treating pronation may lead to better ball-playing
Pronation is a leading cause of bunion development, and it may also ruin a baseball player's game.
Athletes who pronate - or walk with the forefoot pointing outward - have double trouble: They are more likely to develop bunions and their imbalanced landing mechanics can hinder their performance during games.
Podiatrist Steve Rosenberg recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post, in which he recommended that baseball players use orthotics to correct pronation and improve hitting, pitching and running abilities.
"These products will give the foot the ability to become more stable and place the ball of the foot on the ground for better balance," Rosenberg wrote in his post.
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons reports that instability can lead to sprains in baseball players. Additionally, these athletes have a tendency to develop plantar fasciitis - or fallen arches - as a result of overuse, as well as bunions and hammer toe because of the forefoot aggravation that cleats can cause.This suggests that many baseball players may benefit from bunion splints or orthotics, which have been shown to correct or prevent bunions or hammer toe without the need for painful, invasive bunion surgery.