An arthritis-riddled man who feared he would need a Zimmer frame to get around the house told how he was cured - by a pair of £29.99 copper insoles.
Retired print firm boss Keith Young, 69, was forced to give up his beloved golf when he was hit by crippling arthritis in both knees three years ago.
Keith, who was also a keen scuba diver and fisherman, was in so much pain he considered ordering a Zimmer frame or undergoing knee replacement surgery.
But within five weeks of inserting the Copper Heelers in his shoes, Keith noticed the pain was beginning to ease.
Now he is back on the golf course working on his handicap of 17.
Keith, of Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland, said: “I had arthritis in both knees. It was getting worse and worse.
“I’m overweight and 69 years old I was dreading the thought of needing two replacement knees.
“It got so bad I ended up walking with a walking stick and was considering a Zimmer frame. This lasted for two or three months.
“The pain and the swelling was unbelievable. I took so many pain killers and paracetamol. I was at my wits end. I used to stay in bed two days a week then I ended up bed ridden.
“I was extremely depressed putting on more weight due to the fact I was unable to exercise.
“I am an active sort of bloke, always have been. I used to walk regularly, play golf and scuba dive.”
Father-of-three Keith believed he was being plagued by an old football injuries when he began to feel pain and discomfort in his knees late in 2010.
He visited the doctor who told him to see how things went for a while and ‘come back if his condition worsened’.
Within weeks the arthritis began to impact on Keith’s ability to enjoy his active lifestyle, which also sees him spend a couple of months of the year at a house in Hackney, east London.
Between early 2011 and mid 2012 Keith was forced to give up golf and he also found it impossible to enjoy his regular walks in the countryside with wife Elsa, 67.
Defying Elsa’s wishes Keith refused to go back to the doctor amid fears he would need a knee replacement. Keith even considered ordering a Zimmer frame to get around.
Devastated Elsa scoured the web and stumbled upon the Copper Heelers.
She bought him a pair and he inserted them in his shoes, before spending the day sitting down watching television.
Within a week Keith became more mobile, and was soon fit enough to join Elsa on an occasional walk to the shops.
Around five weeks later Keith started to accompany Elsa on walks in the country with the help of a walking stick.
Now he is practically back to full fitness and is looking forward to getting his golf handicap down in April when the spring weather arrives.
He is now also able to walk briskly without pain.
Keith added: “My pain has gone. I am no longer depressed and have cut right back on the pain killers.
“After being bed ridden for six weeks because of the pain I was very depressed.
“I felt like I didn’t have much to live for but now I can honestly say the Copper Heelers have been a life saver.”
The apparent healing powers of copper were first pioneered by the ancient Greeks who used copper bracelets to ease aches and pains.
Copper is an essential mineral in the body and is known to help keep blood vessels, the immune system and bones healthy.
Studies have found copper has both an antioxidant effect as well as a pro-oxidant effect depending on the levels in the body, which enables it to have a positive effect on arthritis symptoms.
Copper Heelers contain 14 times more copper than the bracelet.
Tony Andrews, of www.theoriginalcopperheeler.