The gift of comfort is being given to veterans and the homeless at the Open Door Shelter in Rutland.
Balance Works, a local orthotic shop, teamed up with Aetrex Worldwide to offer custom orthotic insoles and custom shoes to those in need. Veterans and the homeless are measured for a proper shoe fitting and then a computer evaluates their stance to determine which orthotic would be right for them. The participants also received special low moisture socks which help prevent infection.
"Found out that I've been wearing the wrong kind of shoes. The shoes are too small for my feet and that's why they hurt!" said James Corliss, a veteran.
"Most people are wearing the wrong size shoe, type shoe, shape shoe, and are suffering from knee hip and back issues and a lot of times that's related to your feet. So I feel like giving someone a pair of shoes is not enough, that we have to fit them so we can have a rippling effect on their whole life and a pair of shoes does that," said Gretchen Lima of Balance Works.
In addition to the shoes, participants also received foot health education.