Originally Posted by Povl Carstensen
Feet will never get strong with support. But don't want to hijack the thread, so sorry....
I have heard a number of people that advocate barefoot or minimalist
footwear for distance running but do not do so for tennis. Tennis is more on the balls of the feet than distance running and employs a lot of quick starts/stops, pivoting, hops, lateral movement, retrograde movement, etc.
Not sure that barefoot or minimalist footwear is the way to go for tennis.
In the past, I found that heel support helped with my heel spurs and my Achilles tendon issues. More recently, supportive insoles have minimized shin splints and knee pain (arthritis). Without the support, I am prone to shin splints and my knees pay a higher price.