Kid with BasketballThe decision on whether to buy a high top shoe or a low top version depends on a few important factors. Most of the time, this style of shoe is related to a sport such as basketball. In this game, shoe choice can have a significant impact on a player’s performance and safety.

If you are not sure which style of sneaker is best, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have I had a previous ankle injury?
  • What type of athlete am I?
  • During what kind of activities will my shoes be used?

The answers to these questions will help you decide between a high top or low top shoe. Studies completed by the National Institute of Health have proven that sneakers with a higher top are more effective in preventing ankle injuries such as ankle sprains. High stops provide stability during movement which also supports your knees. The running, jumping, turning and quick starts and stops involved in basketball and many other sports put feet and ankles at risk for injury. Wearing a sneaker with a top that supports and protects your ankles is a smart decision in order to maintain foot health. It is especially important to have extra support and protection if you have already sustained an injury as your ankle may be weak.

A low top sneaker was a more popular choice in earlier years but when it comes to rating the best basketball shoes out there, high tops win hands down. If you just want a sneaker for walking or light activity, a low top should be just fine but choose the other if you are going to engage in more intense exercise.

Dr. Hal Abrahamson is a foot specialist in New York with years of experience treating athletes and their foot problems. If you have any footwear questions or have foot pain, please contact us today. Call us at (516) 822-9595 or (718) 896-4433, or use our online contact form to request an appointment with Aadvanced Foot Care Associates.

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