Ektio released their line of basketball shoes. The claim is that their basketball shoes are the ‘first physician-designed athletic shoes that provide rock solid ankle support without inhibiting mobility.’ Their shoe, endorsed by former NBA New York Knicks player John Starks, will premier in the Amazon marketplace in January and is already found at some retailers. The serious basketball shoe fanatic probably spends a lot on athletic shoes and may not flinch at the ~$200 price tag for either the Wraptor or Post-up styles, but others may be more hesitant.
We have discussed ankle injuries in the past. While all joints are at increased risk of injury due to stress and movement, the ankle is probably the most prone. It is one of the few joints that allows for movement in three directions. Unfortunately, when playing certain sports, like basketball, some of these motions become exaggerated and can lead to injury. This shoe is being marketed towards the athlete because of their increased incidence of ankle problems, but many of us who don’t play basketball can relate to ankle problems. In my high school basketball days, I remember trying to lace my high tops just right to try and not hurt my ankle. These shoes claim to make such worries and most ankle injuries a thing of the past.
The makers of this shoe have some high aspirations. We all know ankle injuries can take time to heal and professional NBA players don’t want to be sidelined with injury. We at AFAS haven’t tests these shoes ourselves and can’t comment on the ‘rock solid ankle support’, but only time will tell whether the company’s claims are true or not. Regardless, it is important to remember that with all new footwear make your change a gradual one. Never start a new sport or activity without adequate preparation and conditioning. Failing to do so can make you prone to injury. In the case of any ankle injury, implement the RICE principle and make a visit to see Dr. Thomajan.
Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy in the New Year, Austin!