Foot injuries are uncommon in cricket (foot stress fractures, 1%; heel and Achilles injuries, 3%; ankle and foot sprains, 4% - Orchard et al , 2002). Fast bowlers are particularly prone to injury (especially to the lower back) due to the stress of the bowling action. It appears that plantar fasciitis and anterior tibial muscle problems are common in bowlers, most likely due to the force the leading foot hitting the ground during the bowling action.
Wicketkeepers, due to their squatting stance, are assumed to be at greater risk for patellofemoral disorders from the increased retropatellar forces of the flexed knee position. A foot orthoses with a medial forefoot extension may help improve lower limb alignment in these types of problems.