The problem for Kevin Mench and his sore feet might be a very simple one. After meeting with a foot specialist, it was determined that his sprain is caused by Mench's shoes being a half size too small. "He said he'd never seen 'turf toe' in the second toe," Mench said. "He said, 'Your shoes are a half size too small."'
The outfielder has missed five games this season due to a sprain in the second toe of his right foot. After cortisone injections to correct the situation, he met with a foot specialist who figured it out. "Man, I'd been wearing 12s since I was 15 years old," Mench said. "That's the last time I had my feet measured - you know, when I went to the shoe store with my parents." Perhaps comfortable feet will finally get Mench back into rhythm.
On a related note, Barry Bonds realized his knees are swollen because his size children's medium Superman jockeys that he has worn since he was four are a few sizes too small and are cutting off circulation.