I live in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m the chairman of a Chevrolet dealership and have been there for 39 years. I have a son who lives close by with his wife and baby and I’ve been married for 37 years. I heard about Protalus on Facebook. I shattered T12 in my back in 1998 and have permanent nerve damage in my left foot which makes walking barefoot impossible. I was numb from the waist down until I had my surgery. I spent a year in recovery. The only lasting impact of the accident was that my left foot doesn’t function properly. I have some nerve damage. The tendons, nerves, and ligaments create your arch, so walking without shoes is impossible. I have to have additional support.
So I’ve always been looking for trying something new. I wore a brace for my ankle for many years. I have been constantly searching for the right shoes or the right insole to make my left foot happy. I finally have achieved that goal with Protalus. Honestly, since I found Protalus, I’ve bought five sets of them so far, it makes my shoes a lot more comfortable for me. With the Protalus inserts, I can walk 3 miles with my wife no problem and be on my feet all day. I’ve tried different insoles.
My main search was for shoes, I have to wear lace up shoes. I wear Altra Shoes. I’ve found those to be the best support for my foot. Altra with Protalus makes me a happy camper. I’ve started to put insoles in my dress shoes as well. I have purchased 5 pairs so far and plan to keep adding until all of my shoes have Protalus. I bought one pair to try in July. They arrived and I put them in my pair of shoes, in the next day or two I ordered three more because I was so happy with them.
The minute I put them in my shoe, I could tell they were for me. They make all the difference in the world. I can spend more time on my feet now. My wife and I try to walk every day in the morning, usually, we go about three miles. I couldn’t do it every day, after three or four days I had to take a day off. After Protalus, I don’t have that issue. My left foot is a lot happier when I wear the Protalus. I would recommend Protalus for people with flat feet and low arches, with sore feet. I find when I put on my shoes with Protalus and lace them properly, my feet just feel good, it’s amazing how good it feels to just walk.