I was recently on a trip and when I returned home, my husband had left out an article for me to read from the Wall Street Journal. The article title was: Why the Hightop Has One Foot in the Grave ( see link below). I am a former hightop wearer so the article was of interest on a number of levels. In fact, I had some pink Avia hightops that traveled with me for many years. Ironically, it was not the information on the demise of the high top athletic shoe that caught my attention. The second half of the article discussed foot injuries and stated that they are the number one injury in the NBA. The implication from the article was that players are now being fit with orthotics, to try to protect their feet from injury, instead of solely relying on the shoe. This is certainly another application of the important orthotic research that is being done throughout the world by many speciality groups. In this case, the motivation may be loss of working days due to foot injury, but the costs are proportionally much higher due to the per game salary of these players.
I had to chuckle near the end when the artilce related a story about LeBron James. Evidently at the end one game, during the post-game celebration, he threw his shoes into the crowd. Shortly after that moment of victory, he realized his custom orthotics were still in his shoes. This prompted an announcement over the loudspeaker," "Would the people who caught LeBron's shoes please come to the scorer's table."
I guess the stories our patients tell us about losing their orthotics may actually be true!
To read the complete Wall Street Journal article link to the site below: