If you are a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, and always watch their games or training sessions, then you are highly likely to have seen King James’ toes before. And those that have not watched the star’s toes yet, will get to know about it after reading this article. But hey, it’s nothing too scary. In fact, it’s not scary at all.
In late August 2013, almost 10 years ago, pictures of LeBron James feet emerged on the internet. The pictures were taken at a beach in St. Tropez where LeBron and his then fiancee, Savanna, went for a pre-wedding vacation. The pictures were first shared on TheyBF entertainment blog.
However, in the pictures, LeBron appeared to have unusual toes on his left feet. Though this has always not been a subject for discussion, it is at times used to make mockery of the 4-time NBA champion.
In this article, we’ll delve deeper into the James’ toes condition, and what the cause of such deformed toes could be. Also, we’ll discuss if the star’s toes have a negative impact on his performance in the court or not.
What caused LeBron James toes deformity?
There is this debate among people who have seen the deformed toes of King James. Some are of the the view that the condition is as a result of wearing basketball shoes for a longer period. It is no secret that James has been playing professional basketball since 2013. That is some 20 years ago, and in all these years, he wears shoes in training sessions and on the court just as any other basketball players.
Others are also of the view that the Los Angeles Lakers Power Forward is suffering from a medical condition known as bunion. Bunion, according to Mayo Clinic, is a bony bump that forms on the joints located at the base of the big toes. The condition happens when some bones move out of their usual place. As a result, the big toes is pulled towards the smaller ones just as seen with LeBron James feet.
However, wearing tight and narrow shoes is one of the causes of bunion feet. This therefore seeks to give some credence to the argument that James’ toes condition could be caused by continuous wearing of basketball shoes. But whatever it is, we will find out in the rest of this article.
In addition, a podiatrist called Zach, once spoke about James’ toes saying that James’ condition could be as a result of hereditary. He believes that shoes LeBron wears are not the cause. This was in contradiction to what another podiatrist said in a Facebook post in 2018. Dr. Kevin Kirby made it clear in his post that LeBron has bunions.
“Feet of Lebron James. Even Lebron James, probably one of the greatest basketball players of all time, has bunions on his feet. Here Lebron is getting a foot massage before a game in Los Angeles. Maybe bunion deformities are more common in elite athletes than we all thought??”
Meanwhile, over the years, James has never commented on the issue.
Does LeBron has a bunion?
Dr. Kevin Kirby is a renowned Sacramento-based Podiatrist who has been in active practice since 1985. Yes, you have heard it right. Dr. Kirby has been in the profession for almost four decades. That is to say he knows his stuffs very well, and whatever he say concerning human feet, can be taken serious.
Now, this experienced doctor said in a post on Facebook on December 21, 2018, that James has bunion feet, as indicated earlier.
However, the NBA’s highest paid player, James has never made any comments about the issue. Since no words have been heard from the horse’s own mouth, one cannot be certain as to what the actual problem is.
Does LeBron James feet affect his performance?
Many fans who know about James’ deformed toes, may be wondering if the star’s performance is affected by his toes. But the answer is simple and straight. The toes absolutely have no impact on James’ on-court performance. Absolutely NO!
LeBron wears basketball sneakers that are produced by Nike. And Nike produces these customized shoes with the player’s toes in mind. Therefore, LeBron wears sneakers that makes him so comfortable to play.
He has never disappointed the Los Angeles Lakers since he joined the franchise in 2018.
Meanwhile, it is not only LeBron who has bad feet. There are a lot of players with deformed toes just as LeBron. These players include James Harden.