There’s fans, there’s super-fans and then there are fans who’ll pay over $1000 to take home an athlete’s old, signed cast. Apparently Robert Griffin III has the latter.
Here’s the story: Last season, RGIII (quarterback for the Washington Redskins) dislocated his ankle on the field, but managed to escape an actual ankle fracture. It is extremely unusual to have an ankle dislocation without a fracture as they are typically caused by accidents like a sports injury or a car crash. When the force of the accident causes the tibia and talus bones in the ankle to move away from each other, disrupting their normal functioning at the ankle joint, the ends of either the tibia, fibula or both are usually fractured. Tendon damage and, less frequently, ligament tears, can also be associated with the injury.
Luckily, the fact that RGIII had no broken bones meant he was able to avoid surgery. Nonetheless, he had an ankle cast on during his recovery period and, upon its removal, he signed it and decided to auction it off for charity. And a podiatry student named Rich Bruno bought it for $1522!
What about the smell, you might ask, of a cast that’s been on an athlete’s foot since last September? Well, Bruno has your answer! “The worse it smells, the happier I am, because that makes it more unique. Some people have RGIII game-worn jerseys, and they’re stained or whatever. I might have his foot stink. That’s special to me.”
Now, lest you think that all podiatrists are creepy and like other people’s foot-stink, let me clear up that misconception ASAP: we don’t love it, but we do know how to make it go away, along with other foot problems and injuries.
If it hurts, smells, looks or feels wrong and it’s on your feet, toes or ankles, it’s time to come see your Houston podiatrist. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider—I promise I don’t keep stinky old casts lying around the office, no matter how famous their former wearers may be!