Dr. Firestone Comments on Revolutionary New 3D Printed Shoes

Rapid advances in 3D printing over the past few years has catapulted this technology into a tool for quickly and efficiently creating finished products such as human bone replacements, car parts, toys, accessories, and now, custom-fit shoes. According to WTOP News, Adidas has introduced a shoe with a custom 3D printed midsole, “the crucial part of the shoe that fits the bottom of the arch and supports the foot.”

Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic, LLC podiatrist Lee E. Firestone, DPM, who is also an avid runner, commented on the new shoe trend. “This can be a whole new world. Look at the midsole as the foundation of the shoe, and then you can build the housing around that,” he commented in WTOP’s October 15 Health News article, “3D Printed Shoes Could Mean a Perfect Fit for Runners.” Dr. Firestone predicts that these 3D printed shoes will take off with runners, and will likely be adapted for other sports, such as football and soccer.

Dr. Firestone has been in practice since 1994. He is an avid runner, and competes in many local and regional races, including the Boston Marathon. He works extensively with runners, and is proud to be a member of the Montgomery County Road Runners Club. Dr. Firestone was recognized by his peers and colleagues in the ‘Washingtonian Magazine’ as one of DC’s top sports medicine providers (2010) and as a top DC Podiatrist (2012). He was also recognized by his fellow runners as best doctor by ‘Run Washington Magazine’ (2013).