Your sporting ability can be impacted by many things – the weather, the conditions, your health, or even things that are completely out of your control.
Such as, an issue that you might have been born with – like having one leg longer than the other.
This is a common condition that many people face, but it can really impact on your active lifestyle.
That is the case for Auckland cricketer, Sam Edkins.
But not all hope is lost. Sam has found a great solution that could work for you also.
Having one leg longer than the other is problematic for a fast bowler in cricket.
Sam Edkins should know. He has exactly that issue. The 21-year-old fast bowler for the Ellerslie club in Auckland, and former Auckland age grade rep, has had more than his fair share of niggles over the years. But he might just have found the answer to reduce those injuries and lessen the pain.
Edkins has been using his 3D-printed insoles, since the start of 2018, and has noticed the difference.
“When I was younger, I’d had orthotics as one of my legs is longer than the other. My feet would collapse in. I knew (Orthotic Active CEO) Todd Bolton from the cricket club. He was coaching one of the junior teams and he mentioned about his business and whether I’d be interested in some 3D-printed orthotics,” says Edkins.
It was then off to the Gait Track with testing under the watchful eye of Anton Kemp.
“We looked at the heel strike area. I jump up and land heavily in my bowling delivery stride, so we added a softer layer to absorb some of the shock. Anton also identified my hip alignment, which is partly related to my running style. The fact I wasn’t wearing orthotics at that time created a dangerous combination of stresses piling up across my hips,” says Edkins.
He and Kemp worked on tweaks to his running style and the insoles have done their job.
Why Orthotic Active?
“They’ve held up perfectly, with no damage. If I didn’t wear them, I would actually notice the difference,” says Edkins, not long back from a good season in England with the Prescott club in the Southport and District league.
“For me, it was more a case of the minor niggles. I would feel pain in my ligaments or in my Achilles heel, calves, or hips. The insoles are more about helping with a reduction in niggles, so that when I am not otherwise injured, I feel at 100 percent fitness, as opposed to around 90 percent.”
Edkins does not always have his feet in orthotics. Rather, he only wears them when playing cricket. There is a good reason for this.
“We didn’t want to put them in casual shoes, so my feet weren’t becoming reliant on just having orthotics. I use them more as an injury prevention measure, so only when I’m engaged in physical activity.”
Fast bowlers, by the very nature of how they contort their body when projecting the ball at more than 80 miles an hour down a hard 22-yard pitch, are always susceptible to injury.
Edkins knows he is not immune to injury, but his 3D-printed insoles give him confidence that he can perhaps prolong his career.
“The fact that I have less niggles leads me to believe that I’m not going to be in line for as many hip injuries. These orthotics help reduce that. My feet are also feeling a lot better!”
Edkins proves that nothing should hold you back from achieving what you want to achieve. Simply visiting the Gait Track has meant that he can play his chosen sport without pain and the fear of injury.
Are you the same? Do you want to enjoy your active pursuits without worry?
Then come and see us here at the Orthotic Active Gait Track. We can complete an assessment of the way your feet fall when you walk or run. Then, we can create a fully custom pair of 3D printed insoles designed specifically to cushion your feet in the right places.