Tennis Injuries and Shoes

Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/31/2006 - 12:28
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I started playing Tennis last Saturday for the first time. And let me tell you, I need a lot of work. The sun was shining, weather was great, slight breeze, good workout for a couple of hours until I injured myself. :) (See below for injuries)

So..., what I need is a good tennis shoe. A friend of mine, Stan, recommended the new balance 653's. After some research, I think I am going to go with the New Balance 802's instead for the extra arch support and stability. But $85 for a pair of shoes?!? Holy crap! :O

Anterior Compartment Syndrome (ACS)

When walking, the muscles in the front of the leg help slow the forefoot after the heel strikes the ground. If these muscles are weak, the foot slaps the ground with too much force because the forefoot is not slowly lowered. When a person is running or jogging, these muscles have to work harder to prevent the forefoot from hitting the ground with excessive speed and force. These muscles can become overworked, leading to pain.

This pain, which occurs in the front of the leg, may be incorrectly referred to as shin-splints. It occurs when the muscles in the front of the leg are overtaxed. It is common in people who run on hills or uneven surfaces. The swelling and pain of anterior compartment syndrome is treated with ice, stretching, and proper footwear.

Tennis toe

Tennis toe can occur as the toes are jammed against the toebox of the shoe during tennis's quick starts and stops. Tennis toe is a hemorrhage under the toenail that can be quite painful.