Do the Shoes Fit?

In sports, wearing the right footwear is almost as important as how well you play the game

A few months ago I teamed up with several Harvard friends to compete in New York City's first Ivy League Alumni Basketball Tournament. Except for an occasional jammed thumb or sprained ankle, I've never been prone to sports injuries, and when both my large toes began aching midway, I did what many athletes are trained to do: I gritted my teeth and played through the pain. By the end of the day, it hurt just walking to the car. When I took my shoes off, I noticed blood under my toenails, a troubling sight even for a physician. Just touching them...

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