The Duke of Wellington (Arthur Wellesley) once said “that the three most essential parts of a soldier’s equipment are: A pair of good shoes, a second pair of good shoes, and a pair of half soles.” Commander Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington, had a very strong stance on appropriate shoe gear for his soldiers. The Wellington boots, which were modeled after the Hessian style, could have contributed to the commander’s victory at Waterloo in 1815. The importance of proper shoe gear is just as important today for the modern soldier as it was in the early 19th century.
At Advanced Podiatry we consistently see several common foot problems with our military patients. Heel pain, Achille’s tendonitis, flat feet, ingrown toe nails and ankle sprains are among the most common. The standard issue USAF boot is a combination of nylon, leather, and Gore-tex fabrics which are lightweight and breathable which allow for overall better comfort. The boot functions to protect the feet with its rugged sole and grip so that rough terrain is easily conquered. The high ankle height aids to control the motion of the ankle which can prevent ligamentous sprains and tendon tears. The speed laces allow for a quick and secure fix and the boot only weights around fifty eight ounces. A lot of research and development was used to create these boots but unfortunately they are lacking a very important feature, arch support. Arch support is available but is generic in that it is designed to fit the average military male/female. If you stray from the template then the insole is not going to be a proper fit.
To over come this problem we at Advanced Podiatry fit all of our military patients with custom made inserts. To achieve the best outcome, we encourage our military patients to attain two pairs of orthotics. One pair for their boots and the other for their everyday shoes. With our unique custom crafted orthotics we are able to help relieve their heel pain, Achille’s tendonitis, flat feet, ingrown toe nails and ankle sprains. These fully customized orthotics work to place the feet in its proper position to eliminate any strain or overuse of the ligaments, bones, muscles, and tendons. Advanced Podiatry has been using this advanced technology for several years and it has proven to be the most effective method to cure a variety of foot ailments. We have chosen and perfected this unique method for our orthotics to replace the standard out-dated orthotic used by most practitioners.
Our military patient’s love our orthotics and utilize them on a daily basis to remedy their foot pain. The orthotics not only help to relive pain but they also are antimicrobial and antifungal. Therefore they help to decrease the accumulation of fungus and bacteria inside the shoes/boots. If you or a loved one are tired of painful feet please do not hesitate to make an appointment at Advanced Podiatry. Call 813-875-0555 to schedule your appointment today.