Nike Informative - Community and Childrens Advocate/Activist
UNKNOWN -- To Whom it may concern:
Over the past few years and now that basketball season is upon us, injuries are again occurring and will continue to occur. Recently, several high school, college and several known professionals have sustained ankle and foot injuries. Injuries that will have them sidelined for several months at the least. One known injury that seems to be occurring is that of Plantar Fasciitis (heel and foot). This injury causes pain on the bottom of the heal and may cause stress fractures in the foot. Plantar Fasciitis is considered a chronic injury rather than an acute injury. Very common in runners, sudden weight gainers and basketball players meet both. What can cause such an injury with high quality shoes, expensive shoes, technology designed shoes and worn by high profiled athletes. Well, the injury covers all and their seems to be one small design that can occur or be placed in with basketball shoes, worldwide and especially in the USA. INVESTIGATIVE AND INFORMATIVE: The basketball shoe inserts are poorly designed due to its thickness and its does not prevent the injury from occurring. Wearers of the shoe exert tremendous amounts of poundage from stop and go, rebounding, junping, change of direction and numerous other shoe degradations. NOTE: Changing the inserts upon purchase or removing them after 3 months or replacing the inserts with proper inserts that prevent 1) plantar Fasciitis, 2) Arch support failure 3) pronation 4) foot stress (increase thickness of inserts or place notice in shoes to change inserts after 3 months of shoe wearage.
Technology and Scientific evidence supports the insert theory and should be investigated due to the numerous occurring injuries to young athletes and now the high profile athletes in the professional ranks. Informative testing would be of utmost importance due to this injury placing potential athletes in harms way of the reoccurring injury.