Tennis can put an amazing amount of stress on the feet, because of the wide range of foot movements that generate high impact forces and shear stresses.

But the surface on which you play also affects the amount of stress on the feet. Whichever surface you’re playing on, footwear has an important role in keeping your feet healthy.

Tips for choosing tennis footwear

  • Choose footwear that is appropriate for the surface you will be playing (clay, grass, synthetic, and paved or hard composition surfaces are the most common).
  • Choose shoes with good ankle support, especially if you have had previous ankle injuries, or are inclined to twist or sprain your ankles.
  • For the best protection, use an ‘integrated approach’ – use padded socks with your shoes, and consult a foot health professional on whether or not orthotics could be helpful to you.