Monday, December 19, 2005
Monday, November 28, 2005
Pamela Roberts, Youth Development/4-H Coordinator Washington State University Jefferson County Extension, conducts an informal interview with new Z-CoiL shoe owner, Gene Talvin, One Man Band Productions. Gene purchased his black Cloudwalker dress shoes at the Shoe Safari, the day before Thanksgiving.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
( Anchorage, AK ) – Millions of Americans suffer chronic pain, which can be debilitating and life-altering. According to an April 2005 poll by ABC News, USA Today and the Stanford University Medical Center, a little less half of the adult respondents have experienced pain in the last two weeks, and nearly four in 10 do so on a regular basis. A majority reported knee and back pain to be the most common.
For Fairbanks, Alaska, resident Leona Allridge, chronic pain was part of her daily routine, as she suffered from pain in her feet, back, and legs for many years. Pain was a powerful motivator for Leona, as she tried many remedies during the years, with no success. On a friend’s advice, Leona found an amazing pair of shoes that has made a complete change in her life.
Leona made the 350-mile journey to Anchorage to find Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™, at The Shoe Box, owned and operated by Mary DeZarn.
“I fell in love with the Z-CoiL® shoes as soon as I put them on,” she says. “Instead of experiencing pain within 30 minutes of being on my feet, I was able to walk for hours without any discomfort.”
Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™, unlike any other footwear on the market, is specifically engineered to help alleviate foot, leg, and back pain. According to hundreds of already satisfied customers, Z-CoiL® shoes have helped reduce the pain from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, chronic lower back pain, just to name a few conditions.
The unique footwear has three special components that combine to provide impact reduction, cushioning, and overall comfort. Z-CoiL® footwear features a conical shaped coil that compresses to reduce the shockwaves traveling through the body with each step. Built in each shoe is a rigid full-length orthotic that runs from the heel to the metatarsal heads, providing overall midfoot support. Superior forefront cushioning also lessens the impact of each step and helps provide comfort.
“These shoes are so comfortable that I absolutely hate to take them off. They are more comfortable than any other shoe, and even more comfortable than going barefoot!,” Leona says. “From now on, only Z-CoiL® shoes for me.”
Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™ is available in Alaska only at The Shoe Box 4240 Old Seward Highway, A-15, in Anchorage. To contact Mary, call 907.336.7463.
Monday, May 02, 2005
Arthritis Walk 2005: Improved Quality Of Life Product Donations To Washington Walk Chairs and Honorees
Port Townsend, WA May 2, 2005 - Washington state Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™ independent dealers are providing the “ultimate arthritic foot bed”: springy soled shoes, elastic Knoty Boy shoe laces, Sof Sole Socks, Sof Sole Comfort Insoles and Lynco arch supports/orthoses. The products will be presented to Arthritis Foundation Washington/Alaska Chapter (Blog) Arthritis Walk chairs and honorees with arthritis at all four state events.
May is National Arthritis Month, and the Arthritis Foundation is looking for walkers to raise money to fight the painful disease.
About one of every three adults and about 300,000 children are afflicted with arthritis nationwide.
In May and June, Washington State Arthritis Walks and health fairs are scheduled in four counties:
May 14 at the Cascade Mall in Burlington
May 21 at Waterfront Park in Silverdale
June 4 at Owens Beach at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma
June 18 at Centennial Trail at Gonzaga University in Spokane
The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. The Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation's nationwide event that raises awareness and funds to fight arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability.
The walk serves as more than a fund-raiser and roaming support group. Another goal is to promote a greater awareness that the condition victimizes even the very young, contrary to the common misconception that arthritis is a condition striking only the elderly. Arthritis affects more children in the United States than muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis and sickle-cell anemia combined.
Participating Washington State Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™ Independent Dealers
Shoe Safari – Silverdale Arthritis Walk Health Fair/Z-CoiL Donation
Our mission at Shoe Safari is to help relieve the pain of those with foot, knee, or back problems. We have an impressive track record of dramatically reducing the pain of arthritis sufferers by reducing foot shock and impact stress on the entire skeletal structure. Many of our clients have dramatically reduced the need for pain medications.
A Step In Time – Spokane Arthritis Walk Health Fair/Z-CoiL Donation
Spring's Pain Relief Z-CoiL Footwear – Tacoma Arthritis Walk Health Fair/Z-CoiL Donation
Feel Good Footwear (Bellevue) Z-CoiL Donation, Tacoma
EZ Step – Burlington Arthritis Walk Health Fair/Z-CoiL Donation
Your2Feet – (Seattle) Z-CoiL Donation, Burlington
Washington State Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™ Independent Dealer Contact Information
“Arthritis sufferers have benefited from wearing the pain relief footwear in many circumstances. Since there are over 31 adjustments, caution is recommended for a slow break in period,” writes Dr. Lotchie M. Kerch, D.P.M, Seattle Podiatric Physician & Foot Surgeon, on her Z-CoiL blog. “The main effect of the shoes is to reduce impact. You will also notice your center of gravity changes when wearing the shoes. This engages different muscles (the lateral stabilizing muscles) making it necessary to wear them for as little as an hour the first day, and increasing the wearing time gradually every day. As you become stronger, this sensation of "bouncing" and balancing dissipates. Depending on your type of arthritis, this may prove very beneficial for relieving symptoms. You are reducing impact and getting energy return, which causes a differing weight distribution. "
Knoty Boy (FST) – The Ultimate Shoelace
Transforms lace-up footwear into an ease of use; slip-on slip-off, for Arthritic ease
Revolutionary - Footwear Stabilization Technology (FST)
Converts each eyelet along the shoe upper into an isolated ‘tension zone’;
Re-emerging knots maintain adjusted tension or looseness and never need tying.
Footwear can now be comfortably adjusted for:
- Natural foot profile stabilization
- Problem feet
- Sport specific demands
- In-step sensitivity relief
Enhances footwear technologies: outsoles, insoles, and orthotics.
About Sof Sole
Sof Sole is the #1 insole, lace, and shoe care brand in sporting goods and shoe stores, with distribution in thousands of retail outlets across North America, and in 55 countries throughout the world.
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Thursday, April 28, 2005
I suffer with a disability known as "dropped foot" (also called "foot drop"). This is a result of a ruptured disc in my lower back, which has since been removed, but has left me with some lasting nerve and muscle damage, the worst of it being "dropped foot" on my left side.
I cannot lift my left foot at all and must concentrate on every single step I take. I walk with a limp and cannot run, jump, skip, or dance. Sometimes I stagger because I cannot support myself with my left foot. And because I also can't lower my body weight on the left foot, my whole left side takes an extra jolt every time I put that foot down when I'm walking.
It is jarring and painful and adversely affects everything from heel to ankle, knee, hip, and lower back. Chronic pain becomes a constant companion, and walking becomes an activity I want to do as little as possible, to avoid the pain. When I do walk, I must focus on each step to try to lessen the pain. I cannot walk along absent-mindedly, like most people do, or I will come down harder on the left side. Even with concentration, I could not avoid the limp and some pain, and after 10 years of this, I had developed a chronic pain in my left hip that kept me awake at night.
I would buy good running shoes, the ones with the most cushioning in the heel that I could find, and wear them until the cushion in the left shoe was mashed down from the pounding it had taken. The shoes would last two months at the most. I also own every gel and cushion insole out there.
Several weeks ago, my husband saw a colleague wearing [Z-CoiL® footwear] and asked her about them. She explained that she was wearing them because of knee and back pain and she said they helped her. He wondered if they would help me.
I contacted a dealer 29 miles away and he called headquarters in Albuquerque to inquire about any other people with drop foot who had been helped. I was encouraged when I learned that one gentleman with drop foot had great results. This encouragement was enough to get me beyond the negative Good Housekeeping review I had seen that was not very scientific or helpful. (more)
Sunday, April 17, 2005
Boyd purchased his first pair of Z-CoiLs from Al Gallegos in Albuquerque, NM and another pair from Shoe Safari. The William's each own five pair of Z-CoiLs.
Audio Interview / Boyd's right foot
source: your2feet at the puyallup fair
Saturday, April 02, 2005
"'The introduction of computerized foot analysis systems in the early 90's brought the science of pressure and gait analysis to an exciting phase. Using this new technology, scientific studies demonstrated that there is a direct cause and effect relationship between unbalanced pressure distribution during the gait cycle and lower extremity pain in areas such as the knee, ankle, or foot.' (View Video)
The red areas are those with the most pressure - the blue areas are those with the least pressure.
For this test I first stood on the machine barefoot, the results show a large amount of pressure on my heel and the outside edge of my foot. I roll my feet to the outside, this is called Over Supination. This is a common problem associated with knee and foot pain.
The popular shoe I tested had only been worn for a month and still look brand new. The popular running shoe did nothing but distribute the pressure around the whole foot no real impact reduction.
Next, I put a gel heel pad in my shoe, this took some pressure off my forefoot but my feet still absorbed most of the pressure.
Finally the Z-CoiLs - really do I even have to say anything? The Z-CoiL Spring actually absorbed most of the impact. And the Z-CoiLs I did this test with are a year and a half old.
This truly shows how great this product is."
Feel Good Footwear!
Friday, April 01, 2005
( Albuquerque, NM ) — Your feet take tremendous abuse. The impact of walking can deliver a force that is two to three times your body weight, and three to five times your body weight when running! No wonder the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has declared April to be Foot Health Awareness Month, to focus attention on this often-neglected, yet hardest-working part of the body.
“I have been off work for over one year, now going on two because of plantar fasciitis. I have had three different podiatrists as well, numerous orthotics, then I was given a series of shots, from cortisone to steroids and even shots to dissolve nerves in my heels. Nothing worked!” says Jovonne Rodriguez of San Bernardino, CA. By chance she discovered Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™ and says the shoes have made all the difference.
For millions of people like Jovonne who suffer from foot pain, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, or lower back pain, finding relief from pain may be as simple as finding the right footwear.
“Your Z-CoiL® shoes are a miracle!” Jovonne adds. “Now I actually look forward to going to the mall or to any function just to walk around. I don’t go places and just sit anymore; I’m up and moving or socializing. People don’t realize that they don’t have to go through life with foot pain. I can’t say enough about how your shoes have helped me.” (more)
Monday, March 21, 2005
We were in the Kentucky hills this last August, specifically at the site of the Battle of Camp Wildcat. This is a very rough area, with sheer cliffs, steep hills, lots of trees, practically no roads and only rocky, dirt paths. It has not changed appreciably since 1862. There is one trail that leads through the hollow and up the mountain spine to the top, where the Union forces had dug trenches (which are still there).
Four of us started on the 3½-mile trail. Two dropped out at the one-mile point; the other two, including me, went all the way to the top. This picture of me was taken there, and gives you an idea of the terrain. Unfortunately, there is so much broken ground, leaves, rocks and sticks, that you can't even see the shoes.
But since the most frequent question I get on your shoes is, "Don't they make you unsteady?" it is nice to show you what kind of ground you can cross with these shoes, and they actually are more stable than conventional shoes due to the firm heel support. . . . I enjoy telling people just how versatile and effective these shoes are and being able to prove it with the little story above.
I have been wearing Z-CoiL® [footwear] now for something like two years and find they hold up very well - I haven't even had to replace the heels, which I hear is unusual. Even more, I am finding that when I am not wearing Z-CoiL® [footwear], my back and foot problems are much less severe. While I wouldn't say the Z-CoiL® [shoes] are healing these problems, I do feel that the rest and support they give do help in the healing process.
Bill F. Jones
Friday, February 25, 2005
Thursday, February 17, 2005
"John Dvorak, a renown author and columnist, has recently been fitted with a pair of Z-CoiL Pain Relief Footwear! John is a current PC Magazine Columnist writing Inside Track, an essay and a weekly online column. These articles are licensed around the world. Also a weekly columnist for CBSMarketwatch, Info! (Brazil) and BUG Magazine (Croatia). John has written over 4000 articles and columns as well as authoring or co-authoring 14 books. He was the 2003 Award winner of the American Business Editors Association's national gold award for best online column of 2003.
CeBit 2004 Photo Essay: T-Mobile had a slew of showgoers wearing this "Just Relax" visor and headset. I don't know what went on with this campaign, but it caused everybody to want to be T-Mobile salespeople. Ommmmmmmmm! John Dvorak
John spends a lot of time on his feet, especially when he attends the various conferences and computer shows, like CeBit that is coming up in Germany and needed something that will provide him comfort at those gruelling affairs.
So, check out his feet the next time you see him at a convention!
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Page 1 The Art of Pain Relief: Eye-Catching Footwear is Catching On
Page 1 Adventures Await - in Z-Coil Shoes
Page 2 Adventures Await - in Z-Coil Shoes
Page 3 A New Leg To Stand On
Page 3 Customer Care Tip
Page 3 Small Victory for Postal Workers in Pain
Page 4 Sore Feet Take a Hike
Page 4 Remembering the Man Who Inspired Us
Page 5 The Art of Pain Relief:Getting Personal
Page 6 Our Incredible Footwear
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Friday, February 04, 2005
If you have to spend long hours on your feet, you are a fool not to have them [Z-CoiL® footwear]. They are very forgiving. I have a fused left ankle. I walk heel first and the coil definitely cushions the impact, allowing me to spend more time on my feet. They give me more time to make money at my job. They pretty much double my earning power. I couldn't work any other way.
Michael E. Schneider
Monday, January 31, 2005
For years I have had recurrent pain in my right hip. During a trip to Germany, my wife had a fall and fractured her kneecap, leaving me to push her around in a wheelchair on those cobblestone streets. In the process I developed plantar fasciitis, which my HMO treated with indifferent success when I returned.
I saw an ad for Z-CoiL shoes in the newspaper and went to the store to try them out. I was astounded! As soon as I first put them on and took a few steps, I found my back pain was completely gone! Needless to say, I bought a pair and found that not only did the back pain not come back, but the plantar fasciitis also went away. Instead of the usual quarter-mile, which was all I could manage before, I could now walk until I got tired.
People often question me about the shoes, and I have been happy to share my experience with them and give them the local Z-CoiL dealer's address and phone number. My doctor and chiropractor are very interested, and I find they are recommending them to other patients. I have two pairs-the "standard model" and the same one with the enclosed heel.
I prefer the standard, but the enclosed heel is useful when there is the possibility of catching the heel on something. My wife says she thinks I like them because they make me look taller, and maybe she's right. Thanks for a very useful and practical solution to my back and foot problems.
Bill F. Jones