When you are at the top of your game, you don’t want anything to hold you back. Least of all a recurring injury.
Pain and discomfort can hold you back from reaching your goals. They can also prevent you from being able to do the things you love, and the things you excel at.
Luckily, Orthotic Active has a state of the art solution for minimising the chance these injuries will keep bothering you.
Such was the case for famous cricketing star Donovan Grobbelaar.
Donovan Grobbelaar is a 35-year Auckland Aces and Howick-Pakuranga club cricket allrounder. He had experienced troublesome, recurring problems with his ankle before his orthopaedic surgeon referred him to Anton Kemp and the Gait Track.
After assessment at the Gait Track, Kemp realised that Grobbelaar’s current insoles were not cushioning his foot in the right way. There were not minimising the impact generated on Grobbelaar’s ankle during his bowling run up.
So, Kemp prescribed a pair of 3D insoles created just for Grobbelaar, designed specifically for the way he runs.
“The impact on my heel (when delivering the ball as a fast-medium bowler) was quite big. My old orthotics were pushing a bit because I tore everything on the inside of my ankle. My foot dipped in. Anton made the arch a little bit higher with the insoles,” says Grobbelaar.
Kemp discovered that the cushioning for his heel needed adjustment, and several high stress areas around his ankle had to be fixed. Since he started using the insoles a year ago, Grobbelaar has not experienced any more ankle issues.
“They took some time to get used to from a physical, running point of view. But it’s fine now and it feels weird when I don’t have them in. They are a million times better than the old orthotics that I had,” he declares. Those old orthotics were bulky and did not fit his shoes properly.
The Gait Track Process
Grobbelaar has high praise for Kemp’s knowledge and the process he went through, with the scientific testing at the Gait Track.
“He was good. Coming from a sports background and working with cricketers in the past, he had a good idea of what bowlers do on their feet. Once we got into the Gait Track, it was eye-opening seeing how much stress goes through the foot. I really enjoyed going to see him,” adds Grobbelaar.
Grobbelaar has no hesitation in recommending other athletes, and not just cricketers, to see Kemp in the Gait Track and get properly-fitted 3D-printed orthotics.
“One hundred percent. It’s been a huge difference to me. I can definitely recommend this to other players.”
Grobbelaar is preparing for another season with his Howick-Pakuranga club, where he is keen to take on more of a mentoring role with promising young cricketers. He will also be playing T20 cricket with the Auckland Aces.
These orthotics might just allow Grobbelaar to prolong his career and to keep playing the sport he loves for longer.
“The older you get, the more niggles you seem to get. But hopefully with these orthotics, I can extend my career for a few years yet and play the sport for which I have a lot of passion. This is going to be a good season. I’m looking forward to it.”
As you can see, the risk of injury does not have to hold you back in your active lifestyle. Donovan Grobbelaar is a great example of this. He felt he was nearing the end of his career as he continued to experience ankle injuries. Now, he is preparing for another season, and who knows how many more after that.
So, if you are experiencing niggles or a recurring injury then why not come and see us at the Orthotic Active Gait Track? A set of 3D printed insoles could help you enjoy the things you love to do without fear of injury. Get in touch with us today.