By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
June 16, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Cleats  

Whether you're joining an intramural soccer league or you've signed your child up for baseball, you'll need certain kinds of shoes. This is especially true for sports that require cleats, specialized shoes that have small, projecting treads on their bottoms to allow for more stability. Not all cleats are created equal, however, and your Sparks, NV podiatrists, Dr. L. Bruce Ford and Dr. Douglas Doxey, have the information you need to make the best decision.

Scrutinize the surface

The type of surface you'll be playing on depends on which sport you'll be participating in. Soccer, for example, can be played indoors or Cleatsout, and the surfaces in each of these arenas will determine the style of cleat you'll need. For instance, playing on a soft outdoor surface will necessitate the use of soft ground shoes, which have fewer cleats with longer lengths to help maintain balance. This style of shoe should not be worn on firm surfaces because the risk of injury is much greater. Generally speaking, your Sparks podiatrist recommends this basic rule of thumb for most sports: the harder the surface, the shorter the cleat.

Position points

Do you know what position you'll be playing in your sport? If so, this can help you decide what style of cleat to wear. Baseball is a perfect way to highlight the three styles of cleats available. High-cut shoes, also known as high tops, are excellent for pitchers, catchers and first-basemen - the movements they repeat over and over again can leave their ankles vulnerable to injury, so they need all the support they can get. Lower cut shoes are better for positions that require a lot of mobility - outfielders, shortstops and those who are notorious for stealing bases. Your Sparks podiatrist suggests wearing a mid-cut shoe if you're not sure what position you'll be assigned or you're utilized in different areas of the sport you play.

Rules and regulations

The organization you'll be playing for can also be a huge factor in determining your footwear. Youth leagues, for example, typically do not allow the use of metal studs for any sport. Certain golf courses prohibit the use of spiked shoes in an effort to maintain the grounds. Check on the regulations before purchasing any equipment to save yourself time and money.

If you'd like more information on cleats or any other ways to protect your feet during athletic activity, we encourage you to contact The Ford Center for Foot Surgery in Sparks, NV. We look forward to helping you play your best game!