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Thread: Z-Coil Shoes

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    Z-Coil Shoes

    Have any of you found certain shoes that are better for your back than others? I have some Z-Coil shoes... the ones with open "springs" in the heel. They really are good to absorb some of the shock of walking, but I find them kinda heavy and cumbersome. Do you have any suggestions for other good ones?

    JoAnn

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    Get an AIR FILLED RUNNING SHOE. New Balance has the largest selection. Pick the shoe up and it should feel light as a feather. You will definately have happy feet, legs and back!!!!

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    Thanks, Dalmatica! I'll have to look for those... sound much better than these heavy things!

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    Rockport, Clarks and Dr. Scholl shoes are good - very light. They come in a variety of styles for work, walking and/or special outings. I have found these brands help with my scoliosis back pain.
    Ruth
    Ruth, 50 years old (s-shaped 30 degree scoliosis) with degenerative disc disease, married to Mike. Mother to two children - Son 18 and daughter 14. Both have idiopathic scoliosis. Son (T38, L29) has not needed surgery to date. Daughter (March 08 - T62, L63).

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    JoAnn-- not knowing your age or what type of shoe you're looking for, it's hard to say. I found some I use for my daily walking (weather permitting!) that I love. They are New Balance 801 style, available in wide widths, which I need. They are slip-ons so I don't need to bend over to put them on...
    66 and still heartbroken...
    2007 52 w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15
    2014 DXd w/CMT (type 2)

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    There are a couple different shoes with the same effect of Z-Coil shoes. MBT shoes http://www.swissmasaius.com/Default.aspx?lang=en-US and Chung Shi shoes http://www.footsolutions.com/chung_shi_shoes.htm both place the body in a natural alignment when walking as if you were to be walking on sand.
    I recommend trying them on in a store before purchasing them because they are expensive and definatly have a different feel than a normal pair of shoes. They are very lightweight (Chung Shi) although I have never tried on the MBT. Others on this board have used the MBT's.

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