Wearers of an unusual shoe swear it cuts foot, ankle, knee and back pain: "When Steve and Janice Dallas took the 2 1/2-hour drive from their home in Canton, Ohio, to Pittsburgh recently, they didn't come to watch the Pirates or visit one of the city's many museums.
They drove here to buy shoes.
Not just any pair, but Z-CoiLs.
'We've had stories of people who've traveled anywhere from two to eight hours to find a location because of how Z-CoiLs have helped people,' says Pamela Rachel Trhlik, communications manager for Z-CoiL Pain Relief Footwear of Albuquerque, N.M.
The shoes with a steel spring mounted on the heel definitely cause heads to turn. They don't make much of a fashion statement; the appeal is their ability to eliminate pain, advocates said.
'I felt immediate relief when I tried on my first pair,' said Stephenie Cready, 35, a hospice nurse from Eighty Four who has plantar fasciitis, a swelling of the thin layer of tissue that supports the arch of the foot. 'It feels like I have pillows on my feet.'"
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By Carole Reinert-Lucas