Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs was probably still learning his letters when Tim Duncan was drafted (he was five). Still, these two players, along with Popovitch and Tony Parker and R.C. Buford and the rest of the team, have a rhythm that has held them at the top spot during the season and achieved recent progression into the MBA Finals. In addition to the teamwork that provides an important top-down component for their success, a recent post in sports and pop culture publication Grantland looks at an essential bottom-up influence. Specifically, Leonard’s feet.
“His feet look unassuming. They are more or less like other players’ feet: size 14, with gnarly nails and small nubs on top of his toes. The corns are the normal cost of what he puts himself through. Leonard’s work ethic makes even his teammates, famous for their discipline, shake their heads. He punishes his feet, and we call the punishment footwork,” says Grantland staff writer Louisa Thomas.
Corns on the Feet
Corns are areas of thickened skin that can be painful or irritating. They are often comprised of multiple layers of skin that has become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.
Appropriate footwear is important to prevent corns. This includes well-fitting socks and comfortable shoes that offer support without being too tight.
To treat corns, the buildup of dead skin must be removed. Salicylic acid is often used because it dissolves keratin, which is the protein that makes up a majority of corns. People with diabetes, however, should avoid salicylic acid and talk to their podiatrists about alternative treatments.
Preventing the Return of Corns
Orthotic shoes fitted by a podiatrist can help prevent the return of corns. They reduce friction and help alleviate overall pain. Surgery is rarely needed, except for very rare circumstances where normal treatments are not working.
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