Here’s Why Goran Dragic Really Needs a Podiatrist

Goran Dragic made a risky decision to cut a hole in his shoe and play ball while injuredMiami Heat starting point guard Goran Dragic has a strange new way of dealing with his foot pain, and, as a Houston podiatrist, I’m calling him out for not seeking a real solution to the problem!

Apparently, Dragic’s sneakers have been putting pressure on the left side of his foot when he plays basketball, causing pain and swelling in the area—the problem became so severe that it even hurt the player to pull his socks on!

So, what did Dragic decide to do—take a few days off to ice and rest the area? Seek treatment from the team doctor?

Nope! He decided to play through the injury and cut a hole in his sneaker to alleviate pressure…yup, you read that correctly!

Last week marked the first time Dragic tested out this make-shift pain relief solution, and he was apparently pleased with the results: “I didn’t have any problems in our last game,” he said. “It’s different because there’s no pressure on my toe. “I didn’t have no trouble moving. It was not hurting me. It’s not a big deal at all.”

I’m sorry, Mr. Dragic, but I beg to differ. Cutting a hole in your sneaker is not a sustainable long-term solution to the underlying sports injury—it’s kind of like putting a band-aid on a gushing wound.

The more pressure an injured athlete puts on sore spots, the more likely that little twinge is likely to develop into a debilitating athletic injury.

Healthy feet are too important to anyone, especially athletes, to risk with quick fixes like holey sneakers. If you experience any kind of foot pain while engaging in athletic activities, schedule an immediate appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider to rule out serious injuries.

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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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