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Tonight I am grateful for orthotics, the seemingly innocuous insoles that were inserted into my sneakers by a podiatrist.

They changed my life.

Within a day of donning them, the foot pain, back pain and hip pain that I tried to ignore for almost two years disappeared completely. 

It’s been gone ever since.

I was speaking to a guy at the gym today who suffers from foot pain.  He’s been dealing with it for ten years, and he had no idea that orthotics could help.

He made an appointment with his doctor before stepping away from the sink.  

How dreadful in this age of near-limitless access to information that someone might deal with foot pain for a decade without knowing that there might be a solution.

Feeling very, very grateful for these simple slivers of silicon gel tonight.