Flat shoes for sports

This may be random, but I have quite a few friends who are avid Skateboarders.

Skateboarders are always doing board tricks and slamming down hard on their boards often from several feet high.

The typical skatboarding shoe is completely flat at the bottom (to properly rest on the board) and has no support in them.

I worry that with all the pressure and jumping that these skateboarders do in their sport will cause injury and damage to the foot.

Is there something you would recommend to help them out?


One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Thank you for the great question!

    What’s interesting is that our feet and body actually do not need to rely on our shoes for cushioning and landing. We have an innate landing response within our bodies that begins with the second our feet touch the ground and travels up through our knees and hips. If you ever watch a skateboarder landing you will notice they are able to control these forces through ankle dorsiflexion, knee flexion and hip flexion. The skateboarding shoe being flat and with minimal cushion is for traction, balance and increased contact with the skateboard.

    Again, great question!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
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