Ektio is a basketball sneaker that provides the highest level of ankle support possible to athletes.
Dr. Barry Katz (credentials provided at the bottom), states, “Ektio is committed to being the premier company in the world for injury prevention. With our team of doctors we have come up with the only solution to prevent ankle sprains, the most common orthopedic injury in many sports, including basketball.”
The Ektio shoe works to bring the foot and shoe together to act as one. This prevents the inversion injury. Dr. Katz explained that inversion is, “when you land on the outside foot and the ankle rolls underneath the body. Essentially, the bottom of your foot rolls inwards.” The Ektio shoe simulates the barefoot condition where ankle sprains are significantly less likely to occur. In other words, people wearing the Ektio shoe gets 20 degrees of inversion, which is the same as someone who is barefoot. Other shoes on the market give people 60-70 degrees of inversion, which can lead to sprained ankles. Additionally, there is padding on the sides of the Ektio shoe.
Dr. Katz explained that ankle injuries are more frequent in the NBA now than ever before; there are 9 million ankle injuries annually, with 1 million of those leading to a trip to the emergency room.
He believes the reason for this is two-fold:
- Players are getting larger and stronger, which permits them to jump higher and therefore the landing, especially if they land on another player’s foot, has much more force.
- Most basketball players are wearing low top light sneakers for speed rather than supportive high tops.
Dr. Katz believes that Ektio shoes are the only product on the market that can significantly prevent ankle injuries. He explained, “In regards to tape and braces, tape has virtually no impact because it loosens while in use. Braces constrict motion, which doesn’t allow for full performance and is only attached to your foot and not the shoe, so players still roll their ankle while wearing a brace. Neither tape nor braces prevent ankle injuries to the degree of the Ektio shoe.”
When asked if there are any exercises to prevent ankle sprains, Dr. Katz said, “In my opinion, I don’t believe there are exercises that can prevent ankle injuries. I think you can strengthen your calf and lower leg and perform stretching exercises for the ligaments in your ankles, but if you jump and land on another players foot you are likely to tear those ligaments, regardless of how strong the muscles surrounding the ankle are. Essentially, there are no muscles in the ankle so the ankle can’t be strengthened through exercises to prevent ankle injuries. “
Dr. Barry Katz
- School of Medicine at Rochester University Graduated 1982
- Board Certified Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology and MRI
- Expert in Sports Medicine
- Inventor of the Ektio Technology
- MBA Degree from Babson Business School Graduated 2009