It is never easy to change old habits like the style of shoes one wears, because there has been so much emotion wrapped up in their choices throughout the years. Some folks have historically selected the wrong style of shoe out of a want to follow the latest fashion trends, while others have worn poor footwear because they felt a connection to a past fashion. Perhaps a school-mate wore that style, or a long ago connection to a respected family member who wore a particular brand of shoe. Sometimes the patient has selected a shoe that was right initially, but through an acquired injury or disease process, is no longer appropriate. So changing footwear habits out of a medical need not only is an admittance and acceptance of one's pathology, but a huge step toward healing.
When a patient dons a shoe with my custom Graceyfeet orthotic inside for the first time, the shorter the phrases and louder their voice is, the more emotion is being shown, the more barriers are being overcome, and a greater attitude towards personal growth through physical healing is achieved. In essence, the interpretive song and dance of better health can be seen and heard in a patient's first steps with a new Graceyfeet orthotic. I am thankful to be a humble witness.