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Denim
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   Posted 3/17/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
 
I hope I can explain myself well--will do the best I can. I need a job terribly. I'm not working, my husband isn't working. I believe I could do a desk job, problem is, there are very little jobs. I had great experience and did wonderful working years ago, but that was years ago and would be lucky to get a cheap job. My legs bother me when standing in one spot too long and it seems like different floors will hurt my legs more than others. I was wondering, since it seems some of you have been nurses,  do they take pressure off your legs? I don't know what I am going to do, short of a miracle, if both my husband and I don't work, and I really can't stand staying home everyday--I was always on the go. I remember this one place had these super expensive sneakers that were supposedly made for this-- then I thought of nurse's shoes. I am hard up for money. Does anyone have any suggestions for shoes that would take pressure off your legs. I paid a bunch of money for orthonics(sp) out of desperation. I'm wondering if they make a type of shoe for someone on their feet all day. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks so much.  
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skeye
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   Posted 3/17/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Denim,

I stand a lot at my internship (up to 10 hrs straight), and it kills my back & neck (and I don't have back problems to begin with!). I've found, that wearing good shoes really helps (for example, for me, the difference between the sneakers that I wear in the OR, and the flatts that I wear in the clinic is HUGE). Also, some of those OTC gel inserts can be helpful. There are a ton of different ones for all types of activities & they have "orthotic" ones too, that are supposed to be good for orthopedic problems. In one of my pairs of flatts, I use on of the Dr. Scholl's ones that is meant for jobs where you are on your feet. The only problem that I have found with them is that they don't fit very well to my feet. The pair I got is for W 6 -10. I'm about a size 9, and the inserts were TINY, my foot only covered 3/4 of it! Some others might be able to give you some more specific advice, but I hope this helps!

Skeye

ps - the OTC inserts usually run between $8 & $15/pair.

Chartreux
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   Posted 3/17/2009 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I know people that will swear by Croc's and other's that say they are plain ugly..
There is a shoe that has springs on the heal but they are very expensive $100.00
in the USA, but the person wearing them said that they sure did help a whole lot
and she stands on her feet all day at Kroger's...
I'd say shop around, but buy a pair of shoes at night as that's when your feet will be
swollen the most and if the shoes you try are uncomfortable then, then you don't get them..
Sure wish I could help you out more!
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kttn251977
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   Posted 3/17/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I love my crocs, they are a fashion no no but who cares? I'll take that over the pain. I did happen to see those shoes that are made of coils/springs in the heel. I tried them on and they felt so good, but they are close to $200. I have the nike's with the springs and they help some, but my $30 crocs beat my $100 nikes. Hope this helps you some.
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skeye
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   Posted 3/17/2009 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Denim,

I have Crocs as well. They aren't the prettiest things, but they are quite comfy. I find that they are great for walking, and for standing for several hours, but from my experience, after 2 - 3 hrs of standing while wearing them, they don't feel as comfy. At that point I actually like sneakers better, as I feel that they are more supportive & better molded to my feet (I have very narrow feet, and Crocs are VERY wide). I have two or three different styles & they all yield the same results. But you may find that you like Crocs better. They do make many more styles of Crocs now & some may even be acceptable for a job. I haven't checked out their webpage in a year or two.

Skeye

White Beard
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   Posted 3/17/2009 11:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Denim try to find a shoe store that not only sells regular shoes but also prescription shoes and inserts, and then talk to them about what your requirements are and then let them guide you to the type of shoe that would be best to wear. I know that in nursing you were on your feet for 10,12, 14 hours plus, with very little time to sit down, good quality shoes were a must! And most of us, men and women, found a extremely high quality walking shoe worked the best.

Good Luck to You

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fatherjohn
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   Posted 3/18/2009 12:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I have checked into the ZCoil shoes, the ones with the springs. You can look them up on the internet and in some areas they will have a store locally that does personal fitting. They build the shoes around your feet. They come in different styles now and have more selections in colors. I have not bought a pair since I am not sure they will do anything to the extensive nerve damage that I have. I have taljed to individuals that say they have made the difference between working and having to quit. They can be very expensive, as high as $200. I have a hard time with shoes since I can't bend over far enough to tie my shoes many days. I don't like slides as I am afraid they will slip off my feet and cause me to stumble or fall. I try and find slip-ons that are comfortable as well as looking appropriate.

Denim
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   Posted 3/18/2009 1:23 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks everyone for your replies. Believe it or not I spent about 250.00 for the orthonics!(sp) I was so desperate to feel better. I also bought a good pair of sneakers for the over-pronation(sp) I have, but I believe there are better ones out there.

I figured a nurse would have to wear something cushiony and supportive. I have, I think it's called over pronation---I'd have to look it up. It's obvious when you look at how you wear your shoes out. Mine are worn out on the outside.

I saw Dr. Scholl had nurses shoes also. I have seen orthonic inserts that looked great for way less than what I spent. Mine were suppose to be made specifically for me. But I'm not sure if I can ever have a job where I'm on my feet all day, but I am getting desperate.

I hope I made sense, I am so tired and it is so late but I understood all your replies and appreciate them very much. Thanks so much.


Denim
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   Posted 3/18/2009 1:39 AM (GMT -7)   

Fatherjohn, I saw your reply after I finished writing. I spent more on the inserts than the sneakers you are speaking of. If I knew they really worked I'd get them or would have considered them before the orthonics. I had the referral to the foot doctor and thought I was covered. I was desperate, so thinking they would do the trick went for it. I need a job and with all my experience, it doesn't mean a thing, since I haven't worked in some years. I will continue to pray, I know God know's my husband and my needs. Thanks for your suggestion.     

 


Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/18/2009 2:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, you gotta try SAS sandals. (Maybe $85) They're not office shoes.
I was looking through some bags trying to find my red sandles
with tulips on the souls.($105.)
They are so cute and very comfortable.
I hope I haven't lost them!
I could have lost them in the move.

(Or is that tulips on the soles?)

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I'll look tomorrow. idea

Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 3/18/2009 2:29 AM (GMT -7)   
You know, I wonder if my new tile floors have caused the terrible increase in neck pain. I refuse
to wear shoes in the house. I wear socks. I'm going to sterilize my SAS sandles and start wearing
them inside.

Pamela

I do not like carpet - not one bit. We may be moving again and I'd rather live with a train track in the
backyard than walk around on filthy carpet. I will step down now.

White Beard
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   Posted 3/18/2009 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank-You Pamela SAS made the walking shoe that I and allot of the other nurses that I knew used at work! They tend to be a little more expensive than allot of the other brands, but they hold up well and are very comfortable!
 

I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!

Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)

Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV


Denim
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   Posted 3/18/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
White Beard, I would bet they are comfortable. That's why I posted this, because I knew there were nurses on here that could tell me first hand. Like I said, I spent about 250.00 on orthonics!! I could scream. They had this gimmick, well maybe there was something to it, where you walk on it and it tells you, your gait--but you know, when you are in pain, you want something to work and it did make sense--that's why chiropractors do so well, as well as pilates and yoga classes, because they make sense that a good spine alignment can be very beneficial. My chiro at the time said I was pulling to the left, so if your spine is out of wack and you have other problems, plus the over prolongation--(I still need to look up that word)-well, together, you are not going to be walking correctly and that is why I thought, hey maybe nurse's shoes, would allow you to be comfortable and made well. My husband still thinks, it would be too much for me to be on my feet all day, and he may be right and I don't want to face it, But I know when I was going to the chiropractor I was walking more, but he took thousands from me--no, I gave it. He thought it would take a few months to improve, hah. And I never got a call back to see how I was--that is so not right.  I'll look into those, the Crocs, etc, I always knew for years, I needed something bouncy. Thanks again WB and Pam.  
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