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About a year ago, while on vacation with my wife, after a series of long walks my feet started to really hurt. I have flat feet, but rarely experienced this much pain. When I got back home, the pain didn’t go away and one of my feet was so tender I was beginning to limp. I went out and bought some over-the-counter orthotics that cushioned my feet, but they weren’t a solution. Eventually, my feet hurt so much I went to a podiatrist.
The exam and x-rays cost of over $1,000. Fortunately, Medicare covered much of it, however, it still cost me a few hundred bucks. But I figured it was worth it if my feet were ever to feel good again.
I was ultimately presented with my first ever, custom-made, orthotic shoe inserts; a pair of foam cushion inserts – much like the over counter ones –- however these were mounted on top of personalized, molded plastic heels and arches. After adjusting to them for a few weeks my feet felt better. Unfortunately, as the months passed, some of the original discomfort started to come back.
I casually mentioned my foot history to a friend who told me that recently he stumbled upon bioPods and they completely changed his life; in addition to curing his foot pain, they even made his back problems go away as well.
Anyway, my friend explained the mechanics behind bioPods and that basically they undo all the bad things that shoes have done to your feet over the years; that shoes are constructed to give your feet support and make them comfortable, but that in doing so, your feet aren’t allowed or encouraged to do any work, so they don’t operate like feet are supposed to. And that bioPods are scientifically designed to get your feet working like feet again.
My friend was so positive about his experience with bioPods that he insisted on buying me a pair as a gift. He assured me that if they didn’t work, the company has a money back guarantee so he wouldn’t be out a penny.
Well, I tried them out and they were totally amazing from the very first day. The inserts made my feet feel like they were simultaneously released from prison and getting a gentle foot massage. I began wearing the bioPods religiously, transferring them from one pair of comfortable shoes to another. I got so used to wearing them and how good they made my feet feel, that when I walked around the house in my Ugg bedroom slippers, which were the most comfortable shoes I owned, I missed the bioPods. I eventually transferred them into my Uggs as well.
Well, here I am, two months later and my feet never felt better. And, here’s the crazy part, -- my back feels better, too. Apparently, it’s all connected.
So, to make a long story just a bit longer, while my friend paid for my bioPods, I didn’t quite get them for free. I was so grateful, I bought him and his wife dinner, and afterwards we all went for a nice, long, pain-free walk."
John McKay, Pickering, Ontario
“Skeptic now cured!
Thanks to bioPods, 18 months of pain and discomfort in the arches of my feet has gone!
I've gone from hobbling around at the office and home to running 3 miles every day. And my feet feel great."
Chris Routh, Texas
“Well I have another and final update unless something changes, and I would for sure let you know. But otherwise, I've had so much dramatic changes in my foot, and optimal success, that I hope I have these for the rest of my life.....that's your job.......please!!!!
I just walked at our massive Texas State Fair on hard concrete, from 8am-10pm at least 70% of that time. My left heel always felt fine, even though I could feel in both of my feet that I was on my feet a lot. So I had minimal tiredness in my feet. This is the only thing I've had now in the past 6 weeks. I can use my massage ball, for a short 2 minutes, and my feet felt normal again. When I say normal, my feet feel energetic, along with my legs and back. My hips were very sore after walking that Fair day though. I can now walk barefoot more in the house if needed. I've never had this level of success since my feet had no issues, 15 years ago!
Thanks again. I hope your product takes off, and overwhelms the market, as I believe there is nothing like it on the market. As I said, I hope I have this product for the rest of my life.“
Bob Grunier, Toronto
"Re: Transition from Barefoot Science to bioPods
I have had a bad back for over 30 years, having herniated a disk jogging. A number of years ago, with the help of my chiropractor and Barefoot Science insoles, I felt reborn. These insoles did an incredible job and, as the saying goes, I never left home without them. I was able to walk my dog a good 5 kilometers a day and my back and legs felt wonderful.
However, I noticed that my feet were beginning to feel sore, a bruised feeling. I began to lower the height of the insoles but that seemed to exacerbate the problem and gradually I found walking my dog without the insoles in my shoes felt best. So I stopped wearing Barefoot Science insoles.
The inevitable happened. My back started to act up again. Slowly at first but soon every step hurt and going up steps became a chore.
I tried osteopathy and physiotherapy for periods of time but their success was short term. I even went back to the beginning of the program of Barefoot Science—assuming that my feet have been away from it for a long enough period and that it may again produce results.
In November of 2014, my wife and I went to New York to visit my son and daughter in-law. It was cool, windy and often rainy. We had to do a great deal of walking and climbing, and, although you would say I was a great trooper, I was hardly able to move. As soon as I got back, I contacted my chiropractor. I was in dire straits. Walking was laborious and uncomfortable.
Rather than just focusing on my back, he started at my feet and worked his way up to the small of my back. He also asked me to try bioPods insoles to see how I felt about it and give him some feedback.
I’m not certain which came first, the chicken or the egg, but between the chiropractic sessions and the new insoles, I began to feel and walk better. My chiropractic visits became fewer and fewer and I felt more comfortable walking around with my new insoles. Even on a recent trip to Cuba, my bed was not comfortable and my back was sore, so I found myself wearing my shoes with my new insoles more often than my sandals, and feeling better."
Bruce Comstock, DC, Toronto, Author, Weight Training Safely - The F.I.T.S. Way
"In my opinion, the new bioPods insoles offer the closest to a perfect rehabilitative foot stimulus that I have ever experienced..."
Steve H, Toronto, Ontario
"As a long time wearer of orthotics it is a pleasure to be able to finally throw my 30 year collection of custom inserts into the trash. BioPods have opened my eyes to the thousands of wasted dollars trying to eliminate shin pain using the antiquated inserts. I recently replaced my orthotics with two sets of BioPods. In 3 months time I noticed a decrease in shin discomfort during exercise and a general increase in foot comfort but it wasn't until snowboarding that I was 100% sold on the products. Having always had shin pain my love of snowboarding was tempered by my constant need to stop and rub my shins out. After using the BioPods my wife noted that I was no longer stopping as often on our ski trips. I hadn't even noticed but I was boarding longer and with no pain... it was a revelation. Upon reflection the only change I had made to my footwear was the upgrade to the BioPods insoles months earlier. One pair replaced over $2000 in custom orthotics that were quite obviously not working as advertised."
Richard S, Courtice, Ontario
"I was a big fan of Barefoot Science insoles for the last 8 years. I used to suffer from lower back pain, a by-product of office work and the sports I enjoyed. I wasn't willing to sacrifice my passion for sports (hockey, snowboarding, and mountain biking) even though they strained my lower back. I first started using Barefoot Science insoles as they were recommended to me by a Chiropractor. Despite being 8 years older, I continue to be pain free and find that I am just as capable of prolonged physical exertion as I was in my early 20s. The new BioPods insoles are extremely well made and it is evident that they are of a higher quality and design when compared to the older Barefoot Science insoles other insole and orthotic products. I now own multiple sets of BioPods and use them extensively in my everyday shoes, running shoes, and even my slippers at home. I even have dedicated pairs for my mountain biking shoes and vibram five-fingers (as you can trim the insoles to fit whatever footwear you are using).
Thanks for your commitment to helping people by developing a product that helps the body help itself."
Eileen Heckel Toronto, Ontario
"I am baffled by how such a simple insole has been able to completely rehabilitate my ankles. As an endurance runner, I've always struggled with ankle pain and nothing has been able to alleviate the pain long-term. Within a week of wearing these insoles the pain stopped all together! I can't recommend these insoles enough."
J. Bricker, Lake Bluff, IL
"Insoles that make sense.
"We received the inserts last Sat and I have been wearing them in my running shoes.... I LOVE them! It took a couple days to get used to them, but my feet have been much happier for the past week."
As a yoga instructor and acupuncturist focused on sports injuries and pain conditions, I have long been suspect about overly supportive running shoes and orthotics. Our feet evolved over the millennia to provide proper sensation and support. It doesn't make sense to dull the senses and ignore the innate intelligence of the body. That said, modern society (and cold weather) make it difficult to walk barefoot. These insoles are a great way to allow the foot to move in the way nature intended while still protecting the feet. I have been walking and working with them in my shoes for about a month and the foot / leg fatigue I typically experience after a long day has decreased significantly. Thank you for creating such an intelligent product!"
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