Sometimes you find you have a problem that you just can’t shake.
Many injuries can lead to ongoing problems. Long after the initial incident takes place, you are still dealing the repercussions. Often it can change the way you participate in active pursuits as you find yourself compensating for the niggle.
That in itself can distract you from what you are doing. Preventing you from being able to fully focus. And when you aren’t fully focused, you can’t be at the top of your game.
That was the case for Glenn Philips, Black Cap star.
Glenn Phillips has had trouble with the big toe on his left foot for years. The 22-year-old Blacks Caps and Auckland Aces cricketer had an operation on the toe four years ago, and was trying to get by in the field with the after effects.
The toe is permanently damaged, so he was seeking support for it on when having to deal with the hot, hard, unforgiving surface of a cricket ground. After a conversation with Orthotics Active CEO Todd Bolton, Phillips was advised to visit Anton Kemp at the Gait Track.
“I found out that I was putting a lot of pressure on the side of the foot due to this toe. Anton suggested an orthotic to relieve some of that pressure, so that was good,” says Phillips, a hard-hitting top order batsman and occasional wicket keeper who has made eight appearances for the Blacks Caps in T20 internationals and has just come off a successful Caribbean Premier League campaign with the Jamaica Tallawahs. Phillips scored heavily for his adopted team, and that included a century in his final game.
The addition of the new insoles relieved the pressure on his toe. For several months now, they have allowed him to perform pain-free.
Why Orthotic Active?
Phillips says that the comfort factor of the insoles is high. He will wear them in his runners if he is doing anything long-distance but otherwise leaves them in his cricket shoes for cricket-specific activity.
“I’m in the field more than behind the stumps these days, so it’s more for the running around that I need to sort the feet for. It was good to find an inner sole that wasn’t quite as bulky,” he says.
Cricket can be punishing on the body. Out in the heat, running around and putting your body on the line.
“Especially in a four-day game when you are potentially out there for 100 overs. Having the right orthotic gives you not only comfort but more stability and more peace of mind when it comes to injury.
It’s definitely worth the investment and process. Anton really individualises it for you.”
Phillips is gearing up for what should be a big season of cricket. He is in Dubai with New Zealand A, then it is back for the Aces’ domestic campaign and hopefully some more black-shirted cricket for New Zealand in 2018-19.
If you see him moving freely in the field or between the wickets, you know those 3D printed insoles are still doing their job!
Phillips is not the only cricketer we have seen here at Orthotic Active. His brother-in-law Donovan Grobbelaar, also of the Aces, uses the insoles to good effect after an ankle issue.
Cricketers in general can all benefit from good orthotics. They help to support your feet and allow you to perform at your best without needing to compensate for injury.
So if you are a keen cricketer, or any kind of sportsperson, you too could benefit from a pair of 3D printed insoles designed specifically for your feet. Come on down to the Gait Track where we can complete an assessment of your running style and discuss any discomfort you might be putting up with. Get in touch today.