I’m a massage therapist in Tulsa, Oklahoma and work with Cirque du Soleil, and the hockey and baseball minor league teams. I play tennis a lot. I belong to the USTA league here. I’ve been using Protalus for four and half years.
It helps with dog walking. I have two Italian Greyhounds and have to run with every day just to get them out. I do about 3-4 miles with them every day. I do massage therapy work and in the evenings I go out and play tennis. Sometimes it’s hard on the feet, the ankle, the knees and the hips. I noticed my shoes originally were getting shaved in the heels, and that was the indicator to me I needed to do something to correct this.
Ever since I got the Protalus inserts, my shoes have been fine. I have them in all my shoes now. With my clients, I say, let me look at your shoes and if the heels start to shave in on the edges something is wrong with their alignment.
I heard about Protalus on Facebook, I was a little skeptical at first because there was another company on Facebook as well. It had a 90 day money back guarantee. So I gave it a try. I was purchasing inserts from Walgreens, Dr. Scholl’s and then went to the walking store in Kansas City and they put me in a computer screen and said use these, and the inserts they gave me were spongey and didn’t last very long. It was in my mind to get some kind of insert, I just didn’t know which one. Then I talked to a chiropractor friend of mine and he mentioned several.
I did some research and Protalus was the one I went with and he also said it was a good one. It’s been working great for me. I don’t have the ankle, knee, lower back, and hip issues like I used to. I’m walking on hard concrete every day for a mile and a half just to get to the park from my house, and playing tennis a lot I needed something to help me relieve my pain. The pain in the hips and the ankles aren’t there anymore. Protalus registered for me, because I saw on the website if these are your shoes, where the heels are shaved in, and that was my shoes.
So I wanted to give it a try and see how it goes because there was a money back guarantee. The first week I put them on, I could feel something changing, I could feel warmth happening on my ankles and my feet. I could feel something was either being corrected, or something was happening that it felt better and I’ve been wearing them ever since. I use them all the time, I have them in every shoe. I have to put another order in for me, I need at least two or three more. I have them in my dress shoes, tennis shoes, and walking shoe. I only wish Protalus would create a house slipper.
The only thing is that you have to take out the insert that is in there. If you put in an insert in your shoe it gets pretty tight, so I’ve learned to purchase shoes half a size up and it’s much more comfortable for me. That works for me. I have used them for four years. They last 6-7 months. There is nothing like having a new insert always. Last year I went an entire year in my tennis shoes. That was nice because I didn’t have to purchase a new shoe until this year, I purchased two new shoes. The shoe lasted longer itself having the Protalus insert in there.
I play about 3-4 times a week and I only use the shoe to play tennis, that’s why it lasted a year. That’s pretty good. Now I can run with my dogs. I have two greyhounds, I can keep up with them better, I can do cuts, and pivots with them. My fitness level on the tennis court seems to get better the longer I’m on the court wearing them.
I would first recommend Protalus for my father in law, that’s going to be his Christmas present, he’s had lumbar issues in his lower back. I’m going to recommend them to a couple of my clients who are cyclists. I’ve recommended them to my fellow tennis players who have purchased them. I think people who have hip, knee and ankle issues, it seems to help. I don’t want to use the word cure, but it helps relieve. The body helps you heal and gives you relief. It’s helped me and everyone I’ve recommended it to.