Basketball requires a lot of sprinting up and down the court, as well as sudden jumping, side-to-side movement, twisting, and turning. It is also played on a hardwood surface. In light of this, basketball is one of the toughest sports on the feet and ankles. Basketball players of all ages and ability levels, from local youth leagues through to the NBA, must regularly and consistently condition, strengthen, and stretch these areas to prevent injuries such as ankle sprains, stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and sesamoiditis.

Basketball sneakers must be appropriate for the movements of the sport, with extra midsole cushioning, a firm arch, shock absorption, and traction. The sneaker should fit properly, with a snug-fitting, firm heel counter and roomy toe box. The sneaker should be made of a lightweight, breathable upper material. Players with weak ankles or previous ankle injuries should look for a high-top shoe with ankle support. When trying on basketball sneakers, be sure to wear the socks you will normally wear when playing basketball. Practice the typical motions from the sport on a hard floor or surface when trying on the shoes to guarantee a comfortable fit. Comfort and fit should come first, then style and looks.

It is important to always see a podiatrist for any type of chronic ache or pain in the lower leg, ankle, or foot during or after playing basketball.

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