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Plantar Fasciitis

I am a surgical nurse, on my feet all day and carrying lots of extra weight. I have had chronic bilateral plantar fasciitis for about 3 years. I was treated by 3 different doctors and went through it all... wraps, injections, meds, exercises, orthotics, etc. I finally had surgery on one leg (gastrocnemius recession to lengthen the calf muscle that was contracting the foot and pulling the fascia) and was supposed to do the other leg soon after. However, I got multiple blood clots from the first surgery and had to put the second one off for 6 months.

I desperately searched for something to give me some relief. I found Z-CoiL shoes online and went to check them out. I was immediately hooked!!

They are the most wonderful shoes I have ever had on my feet! I used to be an avid Birkenstock fan, but I have been converted! The minute I put them on, I could walk more easily and had great pain relief. After a couple of weeks, I was completely sold on my Z-CoiL shoes. It's amazing how much better I walk and how great my feet feel. I do wear my orthotics in my Z-CoiL shoes and the retailer even adjusted them so that I don't walk on the outsides of my heels anymore.

I used to come home from work every day and collapse in the recliner with ice packs and foot massagers. Now I come home and walk the dog! They are also great conversation starters; I have someone ask me about my Z-CoiLs pretty much every day. I am quite the spokesperson for Z-CoiL shoes!

By the way, I am NOT having my second surgery, but I AM buying my second pair of Z-CoiL shoes!

Thank you, Z-CoiL!
Loren C
Sturgis, Michigan

I have the Taos Clog & Z-Duty. First, thank you for this incredible product. I was having problems with plantar fasciitis and I still needed to work. I finally diagnosed the cause of the injury but in the process I was able to keep working due to the Z-CoiL Z-Duty construction boots. I am also a professional ballet dancer of 25 years so my feet are under constant abuse all around.

After this experience I have tried to wear other shoes again but my feet swell up and are in pain even after a few hours. It reminded me of how my feet felt everyday for the last 39 years of my life, now that I'm 41. I have decided to wear Z-CoiL shoes for all occasions.

As a side note I would like to say that even the typical construction worker is willing to make conversation with me to ask about my shoes. This alone is impressive but I wonder how you can better promote your product to the construction trades since they suffer more than most with feet and back pain; even to the point of shortening their careers. Maybe trade shows or just calling the companies directly and setting up some kind of quantity based incentive program.

In addition, I have also been approached by high school-ers looking for the next cool shoe no one else has. My Taos Clog seems to be a big attention getter. Is it possible to start better health at a younger age Does your marketing strategy include this age group Both construction and high school-ers already spend this kind of money on shoes anyway. I would love to see your products more since they really, really help solve the problem of living in our asphalt jungle and everything else we do to our feet. Thanks again.
David S
Phoenix, Arizona

I am overweight, have arthritis in my right hip, and my left leg is almost 1/2 inch shorter than my right. I had severe pain from plantar fasciitis in both feet, but especially my left heel. Z-CoiL shoes were recommended by someone at another store specializing in shoes for problem feet. Bonnie at the Z-CoiL store took great care in personalizing my shoes and the results were immediate.

I went straight from the store to the lake and just kept walking, though I didn't even buy athletic shoes. No hip or foot pain at all! Normally, I take my shoes off as soon as I get home and put my feet up, dreading when I have to stand again. Not anymore! I kept these shoes on until it was time to get ready for bed.
Thank You, Z-CoiL!
Pamela C
Ankeny, Iowa

I just graduated from high school in 2009, and I'd been battling with severe foot pain for about 7 years. It started out as a soreness, but got worse each time. It eventually got to a point where I couldn't even walk without pain. I went to a foot doctor, where I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, and got two extremely painful cortisone shots in my heel. Though the first helped for a while, the second made me hurt worse. I was in a wheelchair from then on. I went to prom in tennis shoes because heels made me cry. Finally, I went to a specialist. Though I graduated in a wheelchair, I soon moved to a cast and crutches. I was diagnosed with TTS, a nerve problem, and my doctor did surgery on me, which helped a lot. Sadly, my plantar got much worse during that time. I also had a bunion and flat feet, overpronation, etc. It was still painful to walk, though not as bad. I complained about walking through walmart enough until my mother told me to try these shoes. I went into the store, put them on, and immediately felt better. I'm in college now, and I know that I would not be here, walking the long distances I am, without Z-Coil shoes. They really are miracle shoes, and I plan on buying more.
Samantha D
San Antonio, Texas

Four years ago I developed fibromyalgia while I was pregnant with my third child. It was such a stressful time that my leg muscles became really tight and I developed a case of plantar fasciitis that was so bad, I could barely stand without pain. With stretching, swimming, and orthotics, the pain would go up and down, but eventually, by this spring, I could only stand for about two hours a day without pain.

I think my bad feet made my leg and back muscles tighter, which would strain my tendons and throw off my bone structure. Everything was feeding into everything! I couldn't break the cycle. The list of events and activities that I had to avoid became depressing. I was so impatient with my kids and disheartened that I couldn't run around and play with them. One night, in desperation, I Googled "My feet hurt." One of the links was for a nurse's blog where they were discussing how they almost had to quit their jobs due to foot pain, but then they started wearing Z-CoiL shoes.

I was encouraged by an outside source recommending them, so I headed to the Z-CoiL website, but was intimidated by the odd look and the cost. What if I purchased them and it was a hoax Well, in three days I was supposed to go away for a relaxing weekend with my sister in Kettle Morraine. The idea was to hike or bike, and I told her I wasn't sure I could do either of them. I thought, "What the heck." I would drive the six-hour round trip to get to Madison to buy these crazy shoes. It was 90 degrees and I had no air conditioning. I got to the store and tried on a pair of Z-CoiL shoes. At first the shoes felt odd and I was nervous that I wouldn’t tell the shoe store if they were adjusted correctly (which would be another six-hour drive to fix them!). I decided on the sandals. I probably walked a mile in the shoe store making sure they were OK.

I wore them around the house for the first two days and I could feel the "shelf-life" of my feet being extended. Three days later, I hiked in the woods for four hours in my Z-CoiL shoes with no more than a slight twinge here and there from the arches.

I have been wearing them for a month now, and even though I don't understand the technology at all, I wear them from six in the morning until I lay down at night. I stand all day; I hike, grocery shop, stroll. I went to Summerfest and danced for four hours straight with the twenty-year-olds. I (gently) ran around the park playing soccer and baseball with my kids.

I'm working on all my fibromyalgia symptoms in a global way, and I quickly noticed I have almost no muscle tone in my feet anymore from four years of avoiding standing and using inserts. So, I think it will take time before I can wear other shoes without discomfort. But there is no question about it, Z-CoiL shoes have given me my life back, where as before I was truly feeling like a shut-in at 40. If you are wondering if you should get a pair, don't even think about it. GO!!

BTW: I got the black Z-Breeze sandals. I'm pretty fashion conscious, and I have to tell you, they are hip. I get lots of compliments (as well as smiles and questions). Yes, lots of people think I'm just making a fashion statement, which is fine.

Another tip: Not all stores carry all the items shown on-line, but they might order a pair for you in advance so they can be there when you arrive. Just call the store before heading down.

Request: My feet are slender. I sure wish Z-CoiL would make sandals with the option for shorter Velcro straps; mine do have to hang over to be snug on my feet.

Thanks again, Z-CoiL!
Jennifer L
Kenosha, Wisconsin

I recently purchased a pair of Z-CoiL walking shoes (Freedom style), and they are wonderful! I have suffered with plantar fasciitis and heel spurs for over a year. The pain was so severe I was thinking about surgery. As soon as I put on Z-CoiL shoes, I had immediate relief. Thank you for my being able to have a normal work day with out pain!
Shea C
Oak Grove, Louisiana

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