An x-ray of my pelvic area, with signs of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) in both hip joints. The extra bone growth, worse in the left (circled), causes friction and tear to the cartilage surrounding the rim of the socket, which is basically why I’m in need of Sock-eez™ at thirty.
Factors leading to this condition include “developmental hip abnormality together with […] activities involving recurrent motion of the legs within a supraphysiologic range” [w]. (Now why does that ring a bell?) Right now, my hopes of ever returning to courts are slim, but I’m still waiting to consult an orthopedic surgeon, hopefully within a couple of weeks.