Top 3 Benefits Of Orthotics For Ice Skates

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Top 3 Benefits Of Orthotics For Ice Skates

Ice skaters, by definition, are graceful, quick on their feet, and make motion seem effortless. Their balance on just a blade is remarkable, and to those outside the sport, the skill seems almost magical. The reality of it is, though, that the abilities that these athletes have is far from magical, and was learned through hard work, practice, and the right equipment. While ice skating well takes a combined effort from many different parts of the body, the feet and legs take on the majority of the work, what with their direct contact with the skates and, indirectly, the ground. That is why figure skaters must have the correct footwear for their skates, protecting them from injury, allowing them to personalize their skates regardless of brand, which allows them to experience an overall improved performance.    

Injury Prevention

During any sport, whether it be the major leagues of baseball or just high school club soccer, after hearing about how hard the practices will be, often the conversation turns to the prevention of injuries. Ice Skating is no different, with the foot and the lower leg absorbing most, if not all, the impacts of maneuvering the ice. Custom orthotics help immensely when it comes to support for ice skaters. The normal boot does not come with a personalized sole, nor was it made for exact feet like yours. Pedorthists take generic footwear that is not designed with any super specific foot plan in mind and makes each orthotic custom to the wearer’s foot.  

Better Fit & Feel in Custom Skates

Custom orthotics allows ice skaters to personalize their skates to another level. Sometimes teams require the purchasing of specific skates, specific models of the boot, or certain cuts. Those designs might not be made for your foot. You might end up with a generic boot that everyone else has, but that is not optimized for your maximum performance. Custom orthotics are the answer to that problem! With custom orthotics, any shoe instantly becomes personalized to the wearer. In ice skating, this is particularly important, since injuring oneself on the ice, or in any other ice skating event can be dangerous, and it’s best to prepare ahead of time so as you don’t find yourself playing catchup later. 

Improve Your Performance

Finally, custom orthotics for ice skaters is a good idea since it has been utilized by professionals, who swear it is the key to their improved and improving performances. Olympic athletes are beginning to speak out, along with their doctors, attesting to the benefits that custom orthotics can and do have for any active activity, especially including ice skating. Olympians know how important support is, especially in a sport where the only points of contact are the feet and lower legs. By investing in a support system that is personalized to each user, the improved performances are almost a guarantee! 

Where Do I Get a Pair of Personalized Orthotics?

The Shoe Doctor has specialized in providing custom orthotics for 20 years. The right orthotic insoles can greatly reduce foot, knee and hip pain, while increasing performance and comfort. Russell at The Shoe Doctor will help educate and assist you in finding the perfect solution for your particular situation. We will create a 3D map of your feet and make custom orthotics for your shoes, boots, or skates. These orthotics, along with our expert advice, will get you using orthotics like a pro, and have you performing at your peak of your abilities in no time!  If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, give The Shoe Doctor a call to get the best custom orthotics in the area! We are here to assist you, give us a call at (925) 820-0220 for your free consultation!



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