Danger Afoot: Snopes.com

http://www.snopes.com/horrors/parental/escalator.asp

Article by David Mikkelson, last edited on January 20,2016. Accessed November 15, 2016

 

This article talked about the dangers and worries that many people around the world are having about getting shoes stuck in escalators. While it does say that most shoes could get caught in them, this article focuses specifically on the largest benefactor to these incidents: Crocs. Since these shoes are much more flexible than most other shoes are, they are much easier to get even a small bit trapped either in between the steps and the side or under the grate at the top that is specifically designed to keep shoes from getting trapped. Once a small bit is under the shoe keeps getting drug forward and this has led to many injuries to the toes and feet, some of which were quite serious. The main example was of a small boy who got his toenail almost all the way ripped off. Analysts of this issue say that most of the time incidents occur to small children, since they do not always pay as careful attention where they put their feet.

Though this obviously does not exactly relate to my topic of track spikes, this article does illustrate a key factor of any product: its safety. Whenever somebody buys a product, they expect it to be safe for them to use. With shoes like Crocs this has obviously raised concerns about the safety of using them. However, this does relate to track spikes in the fact that when athletes put them on they expect them to be designed in a way that will not leave them prone to injury. Clearly the threat of a twisted ankle is always there no matter what shoe you are wearing, but if a shoe is designed properly, especially a track spike, it will make it so that as you are running your foot does not go at an odd angle that might cause you to be more likely to twist it. Other sports-related injuries such as shin splints and stress fractures are far less common when wearing a good, new pair of shoes than a poorly made or old pair of shoes, as they will better distribute the load to your feet.

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