Cleats

I’ve been back playing ultimate for a couple of months now, though I’ve been wearing running shoes instead of cleats. I figured running shoes would be better for my recovery, but a couple of slips made me rethink that. I think the chances of my slipping and hurting myself are better (worse?) than cleats catching and me breaking my ankle.

So last week I put the cleats on and immediately realized they weren’t working. I really wasn’t having any Achilles discomfort, but my heel hurt where anchors were drilled during my surgery. Couldn’t run with them, so I switched back to the running shoes after two points and had no problem afterwards.

I believe the problem comes from the cleats having much less padding in the heel than the running shoes. (FWIW, I’m using Adidas Copa Mundials, these were my go to cleats when I played much more frequently. I went away from them for a while since they’re a bit pricey and I couldn’t justify the expense while not playing as much. That is until all the cheap cleats caused me a good amount of foot pain.)

I’m assuming that given time, this problem will go away, but want to know if anyone has any recommendations for cleats for the Achilles impaired. I’ve read that turf shoes may be better, but one of the cheapo cleats that hurt my feet were turfs, but that may be more about the cheap that the turfs.

4 Responses to “Cleats”

  1. Hey PAMF, I don’t have any experience with cleats but I found that my hiking boots caused my heel to hurt a bit so I got Superfeet insoles and replaced the hiking boots’ insoles and now it’s fine. You may be able to replace the insoles in your cleats as well.

  2. Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing.
    Cast Shoe

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  3. Hey pamf

    I also ruptured my achilles playing ultimate (January this year).

    From your posts, it sounded like you were back to playing ultimate within about 4 months (unless I’m reading it wrong), which is a REALLY fast recovery.

    I went non-op, and approaching 8 months now, I’ve only just started easing back into the game. The running and cutting is okay, but I’m still a long way from having the strength to jump.

    Given your quick return, I would be really interested to hear how you approached your rehab, and any tips or suggestions you might have.

    Thanks.

  4. Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table, but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing.
    Bariatric Walkers

    Keep Posting:)

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