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z-coil shoes, foot pain gone

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Specializes in CEN, ED, ICU, PSYCH, PP. Has 17 years experience.

Bought a pair of z-coil shoes 2 weeks ago after much soul (sole) searching. My foot pain of 7 years is 95 percent gone. And I worked 8 shifts in a row. I have reached foot nervana and will never have to waste money again searching for the perfect pair of shoes. Check them out on z-coil.com.

PeachPie

Specializes in EC, IMU, LTAC.

They've done wonders for my back pain too.

muffie, RN

Specializes in cardiac med-surg. Has 25 years experience.

may i ask how much

gonzo1, ASN, RN

Specializes in CEN, ED, ICU, PSYCH, PP. Has 17 years experience.

The basic white pair was 200.00. I don't think that's too much considering I've spent hundreds on shoes I thought would be good and had to throw away. Now I'll just be spending 200.00 every 1.5 years or so. The coil is replaceable for 40.00.

I've always wondered about those shoes and I'm glad to hear good stories about them. Relieved back pain, hip pain, and foot pain, I'm all for it! Once I get a job, that's the first pair of shoes I'm going to look in to buying. I've just heard so many good testimonials about Z-Coils.

This last spring, my dh and I took a trip to Colorado and we passed a store which sold Z-Coils. I wanted to stop in soo badly to try a pair. He said we could if we had enough time. Alas, we didn't (too much to see at Mesa Verde), but I'd love a chance to try before I buy.

The only caveats about Z-Coils is that you have to be careful around O2 and IV tubing is that sometimes the coil can get caught in the coil.

If you're careful, I bet they'd be a great pair of shoes.

Any other feedback, good or bad about Z-Coils?

km5v6r, EdD, RN

Specializes in Acute Dialysis. Has 25 years experience.

I LOVE my z-coils. My first pair last 2 yrs and I only replaced them because the tops started to look a little scruffy. I have an old (20+yrs) achilles tendon injury. Periodically the scar tissue would build up and I would have to have physical therapy to break it up and stretch the tendon back out. I was back to that point and having difficult getting my heel to the floor. I tried the z-coils at the state fair, walked across the room and realized the pain was gone. Went back put on my own shoes and was back in pain. I bought a pair the next day. The only thing to beware of is wet floors. The shoes are EXTREMELY slippery. I have nearly fallen walking in out of the rain. Damp mopping of the floor is hazardous. Being aware of the problem helps immensely though.

I sprained my ankle pretty badly about 10 years and it never was right after that and then about 5 years ago I got plantar fasciitis and have been in foot hell every since. I bought a pair about 2 months ago and love them. I in no way regret the $216 I paid for them and every time someone gasps at the price I just tell them it is all worth it if before you could barely walk. I'm just trying to figure out how am I going to get another $432 to buy two more pair. So that I'll have a work out pair and a dog walking pair to go along with my job pair.

Cherish

Specializes in Junior Year of BSN.

I've got Plantar Fascitis too. I've had it for about 4 years. I also have flat feet, I might have to look into these shoes for clinical. I'm trying to find a shoe that will be comfortable.

I've heard nothing but great things about these shoes. I've not come up with the extra money so far to buy a pair, but I will. In reference to the comment about the spring getting caught on lines n such, you can get them with the spring part covered up to look like a regular heel. I'd be interested to find out more about the slipping issue though, as that could be a real problem.

Roy Fokker, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER/Trauma.

I look at my Z-Coils as "preventive care".

I'd rather spend $200 today for a pair and avoid getting bad feet than shell out hundreds REGULARLY 10 years down the line to some podiatrist!

Plus, the company has "listened" to our requests - many nurses complained that the coil used to interfere with tubing and lines -- -so they have introduced an "enclosed" coil system. Anyone who has z-coils without the enclosed system can simply get it replaced for the enclosed coils! They "look" just like "regular" shoes now!

cheers,

Roy (Happy owner of a basic z-coil pair).

Roy Fokker, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER/Trauma.

The only thing to beware of is wet floors. The shoes are EXTREMELY slippery. I have nearly fallen walking in out of the rain. Damp mopping of the floor is hazardous.
I've walked across wet floors (not damp... wet - including additives) and not face this problem.

But I enourage you to share it with the company - they are quite perceptive to customer concerns ... the end result can only mean better shoes for us! :)

km5v6r, EdD, RN

Specializes in Acute Dialysis. Has 25 years experience.

Yes, the shoes are expensive initially but I figured I was spending $40-50 for work shoes every 3-4 months. Having the same shoes for over 2 years works out to be the same. Besides, as someone else said, to walk painfree is priceless.

km5v6r, EdD, RN

Specializes in Acute Dialysis. Has 25 years experience.

I've walked across wet floors (not damp... wet - including additives) and not face this problem.

But I enourage you to share it with the company - they are quite perceptive to customer concerns ... the end result can only mean better shoes for us! :)

I did and they are working on the problem. For the time being they suggest taking them into a shoe repair shop and having the sole treated. I just have to find the time and shoe repair store. I walked into my son's school out of the rain yesterday and nearly landed on my backside. But then again I'm a little paranoid about falling as I did fall and had a compression fracture of L1 followed by 7 weeks in bed.

RN007

Has 5 years experience.

I've never heard of z-coils and just went to their website. Now those are some weird looking shoes! But I'm interested. Where do you find the enclosed styles? I don't see them on the website.

nrcnurse

Specializes in hospice. Has 13 years experience.

Expensive, ugly and I could not do my job without these shoes. I have OA in my knees, and after two 12 hr shifts would spend the next day with legs elevated and ice packs on my knees. (Bags of frozen peas are perfect ice pacs, BTW.) My Z-Coils make it possible to pound the floor without becoming a cripple. I swear by 'em.

gonzo1, ASN, RN

Specializes in CEN, ED, ICU, PSYCH, PP. Has 17 years experience.

Thanks for the warning about the wet floors and coils getting caught. I leave mine at work and change into them there. But sometimes they mop our floor while we are working so I will be vigilant. I believe the enclosure for the heel is something you pick up at the zcoil store when you get the shoes. I think there might be a little charge, not sure.

I used to have to lay in bed the next day after my 3 day weekend now I am working 8 days in a row, not all 12s and feel great. My feet are starting to crave them so I might have to buy a pair for outside of work.

Expensive, ugly and I could not do my job without these shoes. I have OA in my knees, and after two 12 hr shifts would spend the next day with legs elevated and ice packs on my knees.

What's OA and they really make a difference in your knees?

Marie_LPN, RN, LPN, RN

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

If you get them 'enclosed', coil adjustments cannot be done as needed, like the open version.

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