Foot Solutions Surprise owner Richard Beas fits a new pair of shoes on a young boy attending a free foot-fitting event at New Hope Family Church in Phoenix. Hundreds of Phoenix homeless and working poor received more than $50,000 worth of donated shoes May 22.

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Foot Solutions in Surprise participated in a program to provide hundreds of Phoenix homeless residents with shoes.

Certified pedorthists from Foot Solutions in Surprise and other Valley locations performed free foot evaluations and fit new shoes and socks on hundreds of individuals from local homeless and women’s shelters.

The footwear fitting event, which included free transportation to and from the shelters, a full barbecue lunch and entertainment provided by Prodigals Home Ministry, was at the New Hope Family Church, 9511 N. 16th Ave., Phoenix.

“We think healthy footwear is really more of a necessity then a luxury, and it is one that we want to offer to as many people as we can,” said Richard Beas, owner of Foot Solutions Surprise. 

For years, Foot Solutions stores in Arizona have collected and shipped shoes to Soles4Souls, a Nashville, Tenn.,-based charity that collects shoes from around the country. The charity distributes these shoes to people in need.

Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away more than 13 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes. The shoes have been distributed to people in more than 125 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal, Japan and the United States.

Beas said Foot Solutions Arizona stores are grateful to be able to help those who need it most in their own backyards.

“We want people to understand that properly fitting the footwear is as important as the footwear itself,” said Beas, who said the goal is educate the public about what a pedorthist is and how fitted footwear can help alleviate foot pain and pain in other parts of the body.

Pedorthics is the design, manufacture, modification and fit of footwear, including foot orthoses, to mitigate problems caused by disease, overuse, congenital defect or injury.

“Most people don’t realize that footwear designed to alleviate pain, can be very stylish and often look so ‘mainstream’ that others aren’t even aware that a foot problem exists,” Beas said. “It costs less than a lot of people expect, and it can help people stay healthy as properly fitted footwear can alleviate knee and back pain as well as improve overall body alignment and posture.”

Foot Solutions Surprise is at 13980 W. Bell Road, Suite 7.

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