The Man With The Golden Foot!
Many soccer fans believe that Barcelona forward Lionel (Leo) Messi has a golden foot. Today there is no more doubt.
A pure gold replica of the Argentinian star’s left foot, was unveiled Wednesday in Tokyo. The foot was created by Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka and is valued at $5.25 million.
”It’s exceptional. You can see each line in the foot,” said Messi’s brother, Rodrigo. ”It’s an impressive piece of work.”
Messi had his foot immortalized by the jeweler late in 2012.
”We loved the sound of making the ‘golden left foot,’ and it being gold, it was our goal to make the project of recreating Messi’s left foot a reality,” said Masakazu Tanaka, president of the company that made the piece.
The foot was created with the purpose of being auctioned today, March 7th, 2013 to help, specifically the children of Japan after the tsunami disaster of 2011 and children at risk around the world. The sale is done with an endorsement from the Leo Messi Foundation.
In Podiatry, foot casts and molds could be created for these purposes. The plaster used to fabricate orthotic devices can be filled with materials (usually more plaster) to re-create a replica of someones foot. With the replica or positive mold a jeweler or sculpture could recreate the foot to look however they desire. In practice, this positive cast is used to build custom orthotic devices to an exact replica of the foot, providing a truly custom orthotic. These orthotics can be worth more to you than the Golden Foot because of the comfort it brings for heel pain, flat feet, bunions, callous and numerous other foot and ankle problems.
Messi’s golden footprint worth $94,500 and the ”Golden Foot Mini,” (1/2 size replica of the actual golden foot, worth $42,000 are also to be auctioned today for the foundation.
This charitable example truly shows that Messi is putting his best foot forward. Now the question is are you putting your best foot forward in comfort? If not we have a solution.
For more information on foot molding, casting, orthotics contact Dr. Jeffrey N. Bowman of Houston Foot Specialists by calling (713) 467-8886 or online at www.houstonfootspecialists.com.
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