All those years of pain and doctors advice to wear athletic shoes - with inserts, etc. Finally, the only thing that really helped was throwing away those athletic shoes and wearing Birks - 100%. Now I am finally pain free and just wearing the Birks since May 97. No limping, no heels burning at night in bed or at work on my feet, no NSAIDs anymore. I've gotten back to fun things involving walking which I never thought I could do again. I know others who are also doing better with the birks - but has anyone gotten pain free by just wearing the athletic shoes?