By Melissa Maynarich, NEWS 9
If you've tried every comfortable tennis shoe to relieve foot pain you're probably just like most nurses who are on their feet all day long in the hospital. One group of nurses found the right shoe and is now walking confidently.
Nurses in the Neo Natal intensive care unit at Mercy Hospital are on their feet day in and day out. Brandy Thomas is one of them. When she's not in the Neo Natal ICU, she's taking care of her children.
"It was terrible pain and I almost quit because of it. But I just toughed it out and thought it would be fine," Thomas said.
She toughed it out just long enough to be at work when the hospital started an experiment. They're hoping to decrease nurses' foot pain and injuries.
Mercy manager of research services, Gary Parker, has put the nurses in a special shoe made by P.W. Minor. That shoe has a special ridge with an orthotic arch in it. Foot pain decreased by 35 percent among the nurses just after several months of wearing the shoes.
"The shoes helped everybody that wore them with the exception of four. Almost every nurse that participated in the study got relief of their foot pain," Parker said.
Brandy says she keeps the shoes on until she goes to bed. It's not only cut down on her foot pain, but also relieved her knee pain. Brandy only has this one pair now, but she says there are definitely more in her future.
If you're interested in this shoe, you can visit P.W. Minor's website at http://www.pwminor.com
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