Soccer cleats are notoriously tight and narrow.
This combined with a flexible, unsupportive upper can cause foot and ankle injuries – secondary to shoe structure, and independent of foot structure or alignment.
Due to the variability of models and styles, it is important to match soccer cleats to foot depth and width as well as length in determining proper fit. It’s also worth considering soccer cleats with as wide of a waist as possible (see photo) to support the mid-foot properly and reduce excessive pronation.
When functional support is needed, a low-profile custom orthotic can be beneficial. How will you know if you need a custom orthotic? You probably won’t! But your Chiropodist or Podiatrist will. Chiropodists and Podiatrists are specially trained and licensed professionals that have your good foot health at heart. They will ensure you have the right footwear and the right support for the job – whatever the job is.
It is important to try on several different pairs of soccer cleats to ensure the best fit, taking into account your particular foot type as opposed to purchasing a cleat simply because a well meaning coach or teammate recommends a particular brand or model.
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