Instant Arches® Sports
How Arch Supports Can Help Athletes Perform At A High Level
Every athlete wants quicker, stable and powerful explosive feet! The quicker your feet move the greater chance you have for achieving success. Agility, movement, speed is all about your feet being biomechanically balanced and stable. While quick and stable feet create positive outcomes, a foot that is unstable wobbles from side to side is not! The plantar muscles in the foot help stabilize the foot along with the two major joints in the foot. Arch supports will stabilize both the muscles and joints of the foot when performing at all levels of your favorite sport.
A major reason why athlete’s feet are not stable is because they are not properly balanced. This is because of joint dysfunction in the mid-foot and rear foot. The trigger is continual repetitive activity of the arch collapsing during movement and then it will become vulnerable to injury. The collapsing of the arch is due to the term abnormal pronation and can be defined as instability of the joints in the middle of the foot (the mid-tarsal and subtalar joints) creating a loose bag of bones. Although pronation is normal and every foot pronates, excess or abnormal pronation is not. Abnormal pronation causes the medial longitudinal arch or inner arch of the foot to stay collapsed throughout their entire gait cycle. Muscles in your lower half, legs and feet can fatigue more quickly and you can become more injury prone. Regardless of what sport you are playing; baseball, football, tennis, golf, basketball or you are a distance runner if the joints in your feet are not stable and supported achieving maximum success can be challenging. Being unbalanced can affect your game even when standing; standing on the golf course getting ready to hit a putt or teeing off, serving in tennis, shooting a foul shot, in the batter’s box or on the mound getting ready to pitch. Arch supports are the key to better balance.
“Better balance equals maximum performance”®
Whatever sport you are playing your feet need to be balanced so your lower half can create the power to perform at a high level. Athletes can control abnormal foot pronation and improve their foot biomechanics by placing an arch support or a custom made orthotic in their athletic footwear. Orthotic foot supports should be placed in the shoes to provide the proper balance the foot needs to achieve better biomechanical balance and stability. Athletic footwear is designed to protect the foot and give the player better shock absorption, traction and stability. The shoe consists of many different parts with specific functions. They are not designed to biomechanically support the foot, prevent abnormal foot pronation or provide maximum stability. That's why you need to place an arch support or a custom orthotic in your athletic shoes.
Instant Arches® Sports are a specifically designed arch support for athletic footwear. One size fits all men, women and preteens and is the best way to control abnormal foot pronation and improve foot biomechanics. They stabilize and align the joints in the foot below the ankle and mid- foot. They create better muscle balance in the lower leg and foot and allow the ball of the foot to be firmly placed on the ground to allow for easier weight transfer which will generate more power. This type of device can reduce the risk of injuries to the foot and lower leg. Plantar fasciitis, arch cramps, shin splint, tendonities and muscle strains are a few of the soft tissue injuries that can be helped wearing arch supports.
Wearing arch supports reduces the time it takes for an athlete to get their feet on and off the ground which can be the difference between a win and a loss!