Guest Blogger: Steve L. Rosenberg, DPM
Arch Specialist for Softball Factory
Instant Arches® Softball
All sports require balance to be successful and softball is no exception.
What should a coach look for in their players at any age? The answer to that question is balance, because a player who demonstrates balance at any age or level is more likely to be successful at the plate, pitching and in the field. Coaches continue to preach that players should get the balls of their feet on the ground and when that is consistent in a player they have conquered an important part of the game. No matter what your skill set is there are many drills that will help develop speed, foot work, timing, rhythm and hand eye coordination; however, knowing that your feet are supported and your lower half is stable and balanced makes it much easier to get results.
In my practice the first thing that I determine when I’m evaluating a player is what her feet are doing when they hit the ground. If the player’s foot is flat it can lead to balance problems. Whatever age the player is, it is very important to check out their feet to see if they are flat footed. A flat foot is an unstable foot and is more likely to break down, fatigue and become problematic. Flat feet will also affect the player’s ability to transfer her body weight when on the mound at the plate or in the field. I always suggest to coaches that if they truly want to know whether their player will have balance issues, check out their feet. Flat feet or abnormally pronated feet is a major contributing factor to an unbalanced lower half. Flat feet can also lead to foot problems in players such as plantar fasciitis, muscle spasms, lower leg fatigue and not getting the most efficiency out of your lower half.
Many players’ have flat feet and are unaware of how it can affect their balance during the game. Arch supports and orthotics continue to be the best way to create better balance in the lower half and change a player’s foot mechanics. Arch supports are designed to stabilize abnormal foot mechanics and treat flat feet. Instant Arches® Softball is an arch support specific for softball cleats and supports the player’s feet throughout all aspects of the game.
Dr. Steven L. Rosenberg is the official Arch Specialist of Baseball Factory & Softball Factory. Dr. Rosenberg is a podiatrist in private practice spanning over 27 years, specializing in sports medicine, pain management and all other aspects of podiatry. His practice is located in Santa Monica, California. He has lectured worldwide and is a regularly featured blogger on the Huffington Post AOL. He has authored numerous articles on foot injuries, injury prevention, women’s shoe issues, foot biomechanics, and the treatment of foot problems through utilization of eastern and western medicine. Dr. Rosenberg is the CEO and President of Foot Products Enterprises Inc., which manufactures the unique arch product, Instant Arches® for baseball and softball. These Arches are also available for running shoes, all athletic shoes, sandals, flip flops casual and dress shoes. Dr. Rosenberg’s Instant Arches®, sold worldwide, are worn by men and women of all ages from preteens to adults. For more information on Instant Arches visit http://www.instantarches.com/ia-baseball.shtml.