Thursday, March 31, 2005

Testimonial: Benjamin Bloom

I would wake up each morning taking bets on which part of my body would give me more pain during that particular day. Would it be my curved back? A safe bet as every other morning my back made me grimace as I got out of bed? Perhaps it would be my inwardly rotated right leg? Ten operations had done nothing to alleviate the muscle and joint pain years of Cerebral Palsy had inflicted upon me. A good outside bet would be my neck and shoulder area, a recent but respected pain that could hold its own against the big two. On a good day I would feel pain in one of these places. On a bad day, all three would take over my body.

I just dealt with the pain. It was a part of my life. Period. I was skeptical of future operations, physical therapy. "Special shoes" just made me grimace as I took that as a sign that I needed help in order to be like everyone else. So I begrudgingly accompanied my mother to a shoe store in Miami, after she had seen someone in the street with these "special shoes."

The guy in the store seemed ok. He seemed normal. He noticed how I walked (it’s hard not to!) and within seconds he had a pair of z-coils that suited me. I tried to explain to him that my legs are not the same size, leading to me walking on my toes with my right heel in the air. He went into the back room, put a lift into the right z-coil and rotating the coil according to my personal requirements.

I put the shoes on. I took my first steps in the z-coils. I was taking small steps around the store, while taking giant steps in my walk away from pain. My face beamed with amazement, freedom, disbelief and gratitude. I had two new feet. Looking in the mirror, I could see my shoulders were the same height! I was able to put an equal amount of weight on my right foot as on my left while remaining upright.

Several months have passed since I first received my z-coils. I now wake up each morning without any pain. I no longer get tired while walking long distances. My z-coils have given me a new lease on life, a life I never thought was possible.

Benjamin Bloom
Sunny Isles,Florida

NOTE: Ben placed #11 at the 2004 National SCRABBLE® Championship in New Orleans

Article: Morganton's newest shop offers the art of 'heeling' the sole (2003)

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I have NOT had pain from arthritis in my hips since I started wearing Z-CoiL's. I can stand all day and still sleep at night without any pain medication!!

Monica Tollin
Art & Arches owner
Morganton, NC

Spring Action Footwear - Forum: Testimonial: Judy Moss

I am a middle school orchestra conductor, on my feet all day and running from school to school. These shoes have made a total difference in my life. My legs feel refreshed, my knees don't hurt anymore and my feet are free and comfortable.

What a difference they have made.

Thank you so much for these shoes.

Judy Moss
St. Louis, Missouri
Orchestra Director
Rockwood Valley Middle School

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Friday is National Walk to Work Day

Walk to Work Day 2005: "You already know walking is one of the best ways to hit the road to good health. So join us for a brisk stroll on Friday, April 1, Prevention's second annual national Walk to Work Day, which promises to be even more inspiring than the 2004 blitz.

Last year, we got thousands of people across the country moving, including mayors of some of America's top walking cities. Good Morning America tracked our progress, and the US Department of Health and Human Services named Walk to Work Day part of its national effort to get America in shape." (more)

WCBS Story Excerpt: Gel Cushion Equals Z-CoiL Step Softness

Dr. Stuart Hirsch, Biosport Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Associates, Member American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons stated in the WCBS-TV story that:

Gel cushions would provide equal cushioning with a smaller substance than a big wired spring

ApexFoot makes several gel cushions like the Anti-Shox® Sports Orthotics.
Anti-Shox Sports Orthotics are designed to absorb shock, comfort the foot, and prevent sports related injuries. The orthotics are biomechanically designed to support the longitudinal arch and reduce stress on the ball-of-the-foot. Anti-Shox Sports Orthotics also feature a patented heel cushion to relieve heel pain, and Anti-Shox Gel for extra protection in the areas most susceptible to pain.

Spenco® Performance Gel Insoles set the standard in gel insoles. The dual density Thermo Polyurethane Rubber gel combines superior cushioning and energy return where the foot needs it the most. Correct arch support provides for a better overall fit, comfort and performance while the true heel cupping gives extra cushioning and stability to the heel. The Slip-Resist design helps keep the insole in place while the antimicrobial top cloth helps eliminate odor causing bacteria and reduces friction. With an unconditional one-year guarantee, the Spenco® Performance Gel insoles provide activated energy that lasts from start to finish. Seven sizes fit youth, men's 6-15, women's 3-10 Price: $14.99

Dr. Scholl's® Massaging Gel Insoles (See TV Ad)

  • Comfort - Made with the softest gel you can buy.
  • Cushioning - Provides up to 2X more cushioning and shock absorption than other gel insoles.
  • Massaging Wave Action - Acts like tiny springs to absorb shock.
    Use in sneakers, casual and dress shoes.

I am seeking comments from individuals that can compare the "cushioning" of gel cushion inserts Dr. Hirsch was referring to and Z-CoiLs. - Seeing is Believing

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Press Release: Z-CoiL® Footwear Featured on New York City CBS Television Station

Report Balances Misaligned Good Housekeeping Institute Report

(Albuquerque, NM) – Z-CoiL Footwear has been drawing a great deal of media attention nationwide. The pain-relief footwear company, based in Albuquerque, NM, was featured March 28 on WCBS-TV New York City. Consumer news reporter Kirstin Cole (photo) highlighted the footwear, featuring a Manhattan nurse who loves her Z-CoiL® shoes and excerpts from a recent Good Housekeeping segment. In mid-February, the Good Housekeeping Institute generated a news segment putting Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™ in an unfavorable light. Professional fittings were not done on Good Housekeeping staffers, nor did GH test people who were in pain before generating the report. (CBS Broadcasting Inc. Transcript/Video - 3 on your side with Jim Donovan)

“We were very discouraged by the report and the testing methods,” says Andrés Gallegos (photo), Z-CoiL President and CEO. “People were randomly put in the footwear, which did not guarantee correct fittings. The Z-CoiL® fitting experience sets us apart from any other shoe on the market.”

“Because the footwear can be custom fitted for each individual, our distributors get to know each customer and the individual’s needs,” Andrés adds. “A fitting may take more than an hour and some customers need follow up visits for additional fitting needs.” (more) PDF

CBS 2 - New York News: Are Z-Coils Z Answer For Foot Pain? (Video)

CBS 2 - New York News: Are Z-Coils Z Answer For Foot Pain?: "NEW YORK (CBS) They're called Z-Coils, and at a steep $200 dollars a pair, they're marketed as 'pain relief footwear.'

Their Web site is filled with testimonials from people who swear the weird-looking shoes have helped make their lower back, heel, foot even arthritis pain just disappear.

But are the shoes really the answer to your pain problems? Experts warn they may do more harm than good."

CBS 2's Kirstin Cole explains. Click Title To Watch Video

March is National Nutrition Month

Basic good nutrition is crucial to living a healthy life and feeling the best you can. Unfortunately, many people still are unaware of what a portion size is, what the recommended dietary guidelines are or what their body needs to function most efficiently. The Amerian Dietetic Association hopes to bridge that gap by sponsoring National Nutrition Month.

Total Relief Footwear Newsletter: Spring 2005

A Website for Foot, Leg and Back Pain is a website launching in a couple of weeks that will focus on foot, leg, back and joint pain. The informational resource site will feature:

  • articles
  • tips
  • book excerpts/reviews
  • seminars
  • forum

Monday, March 28, 2005

2005 Northwest Women's Show: Peggy McCool's Story

I am a school psychologist so all the kids laugh at me when they see me in them (Z-CoiLs). They just point at me and stare saying, “Look at that lady with the weird shoes.”
(2 minutes, WAV)

Peggy owns a pair of Z-CoiLs and a pair of MBT shoes. The camera that was used to record the interview at the Your2Feet booth cut us off as we were discussing her experience with the MBT's. We will continue it via email this week. Stay tuned.

Seattle, WA

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Happy Easter

Photo: My 4 year old niece hugs one of her easter eggs.

2005 Northwest Women's Show: Cathy Cheatam's Story

I bought them a year ago at the Northwest Women’s Show because I have very bad shin splints and bursitis in my knees. They give me a springy feeling. When I step down, they spring back. It takes the pressure off my shins.
(2 minutes, WAV)

Shin Splints - Pain to either side of the leg bone, caused by muscle or tendon inflammation. It is commonly related to excessive foot pronation (collapsing arch), but may be related to a muscle imbalance between opposing muscle groups in the leg.

Bursitis often affects the areas around the joints in your shoulders, elbows or hips. But you can also have bursitis by your knee, heel and even in the base of your big toe. Bursitis pain usually goes away within a week or so with proper treatment, but recurrent flare-ups are common and can be frustrating.

Seattle, WA

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Testimonial: Linda Stamper

I have been a nurse for 23 years. I was to a point of pain and discomfort trying to work that I made up my mind if the Z-coils did not help, If I did not feel immediate relief when I tried them I would quit my job the next day. Well I'm still working and without pain!!!! I get asked several times a day about my shoes and I'm quick to tell them my story and where they can get them. I will never wear any other shoes again!!!! Thank you for all your help.

Linda Stamper
Lawton, OK

Walk This Way
Lawton, OK
Z-CoiL Dealer

Testimonial - Diane Noren

Diane came into our store in November of 2004. She has very bad arthritis plus Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). Restless Legs Syndrome is an overwhelming urge to move the legs usually caused by uncomfortable or unpleasant sensations in the legs. It can flair up in the evenings and cause loss of sleep and fatigue. She uses a cane and was walking very slow when she came into the store in November.

"My feet are always painful to touch because of the Restless Legs Syndrome," says Diane. Even having something touch the top of my foot was very painful. I have worn Birkenstock Sandals for years.

"I bought a pair of Zueco Clogs and they are now the only shoes I wear! I wore a pair of Birkenstocks one evening and couldn't wait till I got home to put my Z-CoiL's back on! I'm Buying SideWinder Sandals and Mary Janes (Taos Clog Straps) today."

Diane's gait is now much quicker than before and she is in a lot less pain that she was just 4 months ago. She had a big smile on her face, which was great to see! Yet another firm believer in Z-CoiL's.

Till later,
San Jose, CA

Friday, March 25, 2005

Worldwide Spa Review Magazine: March/April 2005

I visited a Z-Coil distributor in Redding, California; a locally owned shop called "Springz", and walked out in my new snowy-white Freedom 2000 athletic shoes. I was warned to wear them for no more than a few hours at first, as some people find they are using their muscles a little differently and suffer a little bit of that post-workout stiffness the next day.

I was also instructed how to care for my Z-Coils, and to watch for any change in the spring. The wonderful thing is that if there ever is a problem with my shoes, the springs can easily be repaired! Having tossed many a worn-out pair of expensive sneakers during my lifetime, this sounded like a very practical idea.

The first thing I noticed was that my body kept bracing for impact that didn't come. I walked normally, but there was no great feeling of compression in the cartilage in my knees, and my hips and back were more relaxed. A friend who was with me was intrigued. We walked all over town for the city's holiday festival, and I felt fabulous! The faster I walked, the more I realized the immediate benefits of low-impact walking on my joints and leg bones. My friend bumped into a couple she knew, and of course she pointed out my shoes.
"Look, they have springs!"
"I know," said her friend's husband, pointing to his black sneakers with the heel covers. "I'm wearing mine, too. I never wear any other shoe."

After a week of walking in my Z-Coils my back, hips and knees feel great. I never had any of the stiff muscles from wearing them too long. They are fun to show off and, amazingly, they are still snowy-white. A word to the wise: Be careful going up and down stairs. Descend as if you were wearing shoes with a very high heel and hold on to a railing, at least until you get used to the new fit.

My verdict? I adore my Z-Coils! I'd wear bouncy hot pink stilettos if they'd made them. Think about it - the height and legs of a Rockette, and the stretch and spring so I would feel great at the end of the day. How about it, Z-Coil? (More)

Prevention Magazine: Tips from the Trenches

Tips from the Trenches: "Animals are lucky. Most have four feet to carry them through life. But humans only have two, each with 28 relatively fragile bones. To make matters worse, 42 percent of women say they reward their feet by cramming them into pointy, flimsy, 'stylish' shoes.

No wonder we have four times as many foot problems as men do and account for nearly 90 percent of all foot operations, reports the American Podiatric Medical Association.

It only gets worse with age. 'Women suffer because of the shoes they live in,' says Chicago-based podiatrist Marlene Reid, DPM. 'We abuse our feet for fashion, in contrast with men, whose standard dress and athletic shoes are much more comfortable.'

Prevention tracked down five women who punish their feet with grueling double-digit hours standing or walking without a break. In the following pages, they share their low-cost, minimum-hassle, at-home solutions to bunions, swelling, flat feet, and allover below-the-knee aches and pains."

Gina Mendoza-Telck, Mail Carrier
Fort Worth, TX

Age: 35

Daily Hours on Her Feet: 10, mostly walking

The Problem

"I'm flat-footed, so my feet don't bear weight evenly. The balls of my feet are callused from walking my mail route every day." Experts say that because Mendoza-Telck has extremely low arches (as does 50 percent of the population), her feet have less natural support and are more likely to create calluses. "They're the body's Band-Aid--they're a way of protecting against unwelcome friction," says Reid. "But when calluses build up, they can feel like daggers going into your flesh."


Press Release: 120 Second Seattle Springy Shoe “Speak Out” Stories From Saturday And Sunday

Z-CoiL Customers Discuss The Spring In Their Step At The Northwest Women’s Show

Over the weekend, the Z-Blog Reporter, a syndicated customer evangelist blog, snapped photos and conducted over a dozen Podcasts with Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear owners during the 17th annual Northwest Women's Show ( March 18 – 20 ) that was held at the QWEST Events Center in Seattle.

Using a five year old Kodak DC 290 digital camera, customer photos were snapped and two minute audio interviews were conducted in front of the Your2Feet, the Seattle independent Z-CoiL dealer, Women & Health Booth ( #817 ).

The multimedia customer stories are being published daily on the Your2Feet Blog and the Z-Blog Reporter.

Customer Story Excerpts:

“I've been wanting to buys these for about a year and I've always been putting it off. So, finally, yesterday, I made the decision. And let me tell you – I am on cloud 9. I no longer have any knee pain or hip pain…I wish that I had bought them sooner.” Klara Silva

“I did the Home Show several weeks ago and the lady ( in the booth ) next to us let me try hers on. I liked them so much that I went to the store in Bellevue and got a pair and I’ve been wearing them for two weeks, now and...” Lynn Stritzke


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Thursday, March 24, 2005

World War II Paintings to Exhibit at Total Relief Footwear

David Winfield Scott, "The War Years" 1942 - 1945
Friday, May 20 - Sunday, November 13 2005

In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of the war, Total Relief Footwear is proud to display a collection of almost 30 paintings and sketches by renowned artist David Scott. These sketches capture the artist's wartime experiences from induction and boot camp through photo intelligence and aerial reconnaissance in the European theatre of the war. An artist's reception will be held at Total Relief Footwear on Friday, May 20 at 7:00pm. (more)

Press Release: Improve Your Fitness Success and Take a Step Toward Better Health with Z-CoiL®

( Tucson, AZ )— According to recent government statistics, more than 60 percent of Americans are overweight and 34 percent are considered clinically obese. With the turn of the New Year, healthy resolutions are being made by thousands of Tucson residents. Exercise is a primary resolution, but for many who are extremely obese or have painful medical conditions, exercise seems overwhelming.

A unique product on the market, Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™, is helping thousands of people nationwide reduce the pain and impact of exercising. Being extremely overweight can increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and hypertension, plus put additional strain on hips, knees, ankles and feet, making exercise much more difficult. The primary function of Z-CoiL® footwear is to reduce that pain and strain.

Spring Chicks of Tucson is an authorized Z-CoiL® distribution center and owners Mary Ageton and Monica De Leon are beginning to see a groundswell of enthusiasts using Z-CoiL shoes to increase exercise and general mobility. Mary, a registered nurse and Monica, a licensed occupational therapist, have worked for years with people in pain and when they discovered Z-CoiL® footwear, wanted to spread the word about this unique pain-relief product.

“I was first introduced to your product about two months ago. I was advised by my doctor that I needed to begin an exercise program. I am 35 years old and currently on blood pressure medication and medication to treat acid reflux disease. I was also 350 lbs,” says George Hesse, a Z-CoiL® wearer who is finding success with his weight loss program. “For the first couple of days, my legs were a little sore, but nothing compared to the knee or back pain I used to experience. I believe it was my body adjusting to the new shoes and the proper way to walk. Now, I have no pain at all when I walk. Walking for 20 minutes each afternoon is a piece of cake.” (more)

2005 Northwest Women's Show: Lynn Stritzke's Story

I did the Home Show several weeks ago and the lady (in the booth) next to us let me try hers on. I liked them so much that I went to the store in Bellevue and got a pair and I’ve been wearing them for two weeks, now and...
(Sound File: Wav, 2 minutes)

Bellevue Store

Fine Artist Chris Saper

Chris Saper’s portraits are currently held in more than 200 private and corporate collections throughout fourteen states and Canada. A member of the Palette & Chisel Academy in Chicago, the Pastel Society of America, and the American Society of Portrait Artists, Saper has exhibited at the US Senate Rotunda, The Salmagundi Club, The National Arts Club in New York City, Vermont's Bennington Center for the Arts, and numerous venues throughout the southwest.

Author of North Light Book’s, Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light , Saper has also been published in The Best of Portrait Painting, American Artist Magazine, Artist's Magazine, Pastel Journal, and Pastel Artist International Magazine. click title for more

Essential Footgear

I wear these shoes every day. I can stand for 6 + hours on concrete, and could still go dancing at night ( if I knew how to dance, or if I danced with someone who knew how to dance - well you get the idea.) They look a little goofy to everyone else, but when I have them on and look at my feet, they just look like sneakers to me. My husband will not go anywhere with me if I wear them. Depending upon one's position, this may be either good or bad. (Thread)

Chris Saper
Portrait Artist Forum > Studio & Equipment
01-18-2005, 09:34 PM

Q&A with Chris Saper
March 17, 2005

Have you painted on them?
Every day for the past yr +

Have you taken them in for adjustments?

How many pair do you own? Styles?
I have had the cloudwalkers, and just bought the bone sandals.

Why did you get them in the first place?
Feet hurt, knees ached when standing and painting all day. I LOVE these shoes.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Z-CoiL Footwear : Testimonial - Debbie and Ken Mogg

Pictured above are Debbie and Ken Mogg, who first started wearing Z-CoiL's in December of 2003. Debbie had been dealing with plantar fasciitis and had undergone foot surgery. She works as a nanny and spends a lot of time on her feet chasing after kids.

"I had just gotten my cast removed from surgery on my foot due to plantar fasciitis," says Debbie. "I purchased a very expensive pair of shoes made for people suffering from plantar fasciitis and after wearing them for 1 week, my feet were killing me!"

"I saw someone with Z-CoiL CloudWalkers on and she told me how much they helped her. I went and bought my first pair the next day and that is all I ever wear! I own 4 pairs and I never have feet problems any more. I bought a pair for each of my parents because they suffer from knee and ankle problems and now that's all they wear too! We're a Z-CoiL Family!"

Ken has had many issues with his knees and works in construction, which again is a very demanding job on the body.

"I wear them every day and they help tremendously," said Ken. "I don't have them on right now because I have worn off the tread in the front and will be getting them resoled."

Between Debbie, Ken and their parents, they own 9 pair. When they were in the store, I checked the referral list, and they have also referred a number of people, so Debbie walked away with another pair... only this time for free for reaching the magic number of 10 referrals who have purchased! Way to go, Debbie!

Till later,

San Jose, CA

Press Release: Break-Through Footwear Technology Changing Lives for Thousands Suffering in Pain

Z-CoiL® Footwear Making Strides as Pain-Relief Alternative

Bellevue, WA -- “The only way that I could walk any reasonable distance at all was with a cane. I dreaded going into those big warehouse stores. It took forever to get to where I was going and it hurt the whole time,” says Bellevue, WA resident, Roger Lewis Posey, who’s suffered from bursitis in both heels for more than 10 years. “ I hated using those electric scooters that the stores offered because I knew that I might be using one when someone who needed it worse would be without. I could walk; it just hurt…a lot.”

Millions of people like Roger suffer from chronic and debilitating pain in their feet, legs and back, even after years of trying everything from cortisone shots to surgery. His relief came after putting on a pair of unusual-looking shoes with a conical-shaped coil in the heel, called Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™.

“I am now walking much farther now without the pain that I previously endured. I also noticed that I‘m not suffering as much back pain as I did in the past with “normal” shoes,” Roger says. “It’s hard to believe that something so simple would change my life so much. I now strongly urge anyone who suffers from foot or back pain to try these shoes.”

What is so remarkable about Z-CoiL® Footwear? The design is simple and scientifically sound, yet an unexpected component sets them apart. Start with a rigid orthotic plate that offers stability, protection, and support to the foot, combine it with a one-inch-thick neoprene forefoot to cushion each step, and then place a tempered steel coil under the heel to absorb body weight. The result is a unique-looking shoe that many customers report provides immediate and unmistakable relief from the shock of impact and associated discomfort in the foot, leg or back area.

The footwear is especially invaluable to people in careers that require extensive hours walking or standing, and also to people who suffer from conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, arthritis or bone-on-bone knee issues.

“Each day I am rewarded by a customer who experiences the Z-CoiL® life-changing experience,” says Jeremy Brock, Feel Good Footwear store manager. “I’ve had customers who had previously given up finding relief, come in, buy a pair and walk away from the store with a new outlook on life.” (more)

Press Release: Spring Has Sprung, Let Z-CoiL� Footwear Put Some Spring Back in Your Life

Revolutionary Footwear Increasing Mobility and Quality of Life

Brookfield, WI – Signs of warm weather often prompt new resolves of fitness and exercise. New exercise programs bring positive physical results, but may also bring unexpected pain in the joints and muscles. Millions of Americans suffer painful foot, leg and back conditions that can become exacerbated by increased exercise. A revolutionary line of pain-relief footwear is changing lives for thousands of people nationwide.

Z-CoiL® Pain-Relief Footwear™, specifically designed to relieve foot, leg and back pain, is available in Brookfield at Zee Footwear and is making a difference in many lives.

Avid golfer, Harold Dolato, says his Z-CoiL® hikers helped with his energy and stamina during a tournament last year. “I calculated I walked at least seven miles up and down hills, through grass and bushes and in 90+ degree weather,” Harold says. “At day’s end I could have gone further, but with my ordinary footwear I would have been dog tired.”

Zee Footwear store manager, Sunny McQuiston, has dozens of customers who’ve been able to get moving again.

“I have customers who are walking more, losing weight and enjoying activities they haven’t enjoyed in years,” Sunny says. “The footwear reduces pain and discomfort for people who’ve had plantar fasciitis, heels spurs, arthritis, lower back pain and many other conditions.”

Z-CoiL wearer, Alex Tate, says he’s lost 59 pounds since the end of August 2004, two months after purchasing his first pair of Z-CoiL® shoes.

“After wearing the shoes for a couple of weeks, I found the pain and stiffness had lessened enough that I could start walking again on a regular basis,” says Alex, who has suffered from painful arthritis in both knees. “At first just a little and then more frequently and on longer walks.”

“I’ve had some help with a change in diet, but mostly increasing my exercise has been the key,” he adds. “I’m healthier now than I was in my 20s and the arthritis is a non-issue. I tell everyone that Z-CoiL® shoes were the best thing I ever did for myself.” (more)

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Salt Lake Tribune - when Good Housekeeping reader Ann Dorsey wore a pair

Salt Lake Tribune - Business (03/16/2005): "New footwear with a spring in the heel - called Z-Coils - promises to relieve foot, back and joint pain.

But when Good Housekeeping reader Ann Dorsey wore a pair, she fell and broke her ankle. (FACT CHECK: GH reported "a woman broke her leg wearing them (Z-CoiLs)". Is Ann Dorsey the women that instigated the GH investigation?)

Was this a fluke - or are these shoes dangerous?

Many of Good Housekeeping's testers felt unstable while wearing the Zueco style ($180).

Being fitted by a licensed dealer, the company said, would prevent those problems. Maybe so. But the elevated heel might strain the back and increase arthritis in the knee, said the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons Communications Council." (FACT CHECK: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons was unaware of the GH report until after it was released.)

Press Release: Thousands of Pain Sufferers Becoming Crazy Bout Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear

( Z-CoiL Footwear -- Albuquerque, NM ) - “About a year ago I injured both of my Achilles tendons and was told by my doctor that I had micro-tears in my left and a hole in my right,” says Tania Holloway of Philadelphia. “My doctor told me I had to wear shoes with a two-inch heel for six months to help the tendons heal. I was in pain and hobbling with every step I took.”

Millions of Americans suffer from painful foot, leg, and back problems, and often find prescription pain medications and even surgery don’t solve the problem. Tania’s pain continued until she found Z-CoiL® Pain-Relief Footwear™, a fairly new competitor in the pain relief industry.

After trying her first pair of Z-CoiL® shoes, Tania says, “I hobbled in and bounced out. Within minutes of trying on a pair of the shoes, I was virtually pain-free. I am a true Z-CoiL® devotee and tell everyone about the shoes. I am healed now, but still wear my Z-CoiL® footwear – they are truly may favorite shoes.”

Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™ is unusual and evokes a wealth of comments, but its wearers are becoming fiercely loyal and defensive about what’s on their feet. The shoes are vastly becoming a hot ticket for people whose careers require extensive hours spent walking or standing, and also to people who suffer from conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, arthritis, sciatica, lower back pain, hip pain, and knee problems.

What is so remarkable about Z-CoiL® Footwear? The design is simple and scientifically sound, yet an unexpected component sets them apart. Start with a rigid orthotic plate that offers stability, protection, and support to the foot, combine it with a one-inch-thick neoprene forefoot to cushion each step, and then place a tempered steel coil under the heel to absorb body weight. The result is an unusual-looking yet functional shoe that customers report provides sometimes immediate and unmistakable relief from pain and associated discomfort in the foot, leg or back area.

The history of these shoes is as remarkable as the pain-free success stories they are creating. New Mexico inventor Alvaro Z. Gallegos (photo) is on a mission to help people in pain, and brings a whole new dimension to the footwear. (more)

2005 Northwest Women's Show: Klara Silva's Story

I've been wanting to buys these for about a year and I've always been putting it off. So, finally, yesterday, I made the decision. And let me tell you – I am on cloud 9. I no longer have any knee pain or hip pain…I wish that I had bought them sooner. Listen to Klara's entire story (2 minutes, WAV)

Seattle, WA

Monday, March 21, 2005

2005 Northwest Women's Show: Tina Shawver's Story

Tina Shawver talks about her Z-CoiL shoes and getting set for sunny weather ahead. (2 minutes, WAV)

Seattle, WA

March 29, 2004: Z-Coil Shoe Company Disputes Ban By U.S. Postal Service (Audio)

KUNM 89.9 { news Archives: 3/29/2004 - Z-Coil Shoes Comapany... }

Workers for the United States Postal Service are challenging a recent memo banning the the use of Z-Coil Shoes. Z-Coil is an Albuquerque based company and manufactures shoes in New Mexico. As Lisa Nance reports, Z-Coil is disputing the Postal Service's assertions that the shoes do not meet the USPS's height requirement.

NOTE: According to the KUNM report, Congresswoman Heather Wilson contacted Z-CoiL last March to look into this issue on their behalf.

Testimonial: Bill F. Jones

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
Orange, CA

Friday, March 18, 2005

Seattle Northwest Women's Show: Opens Today

Put A Spring In Your Step At The Northwest Women's Show

Dr. Lotchie Kerch, a Seattle podiatric physician and foot surgeon, and her Your2Feet retail store staff will be exhibiting at the 17th annual Northwest Women's Show ( March 18 – 20 ) in the Women & Health Section ( Booth #817 ) at QWEST Events Center in Seattle.

The show offers attendees the opportunity to shop at over 650 booths featuring local businesses and services as well as attend daily seminars conducted by celebrity speakers and local experts focusing on women. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Dr. Kerch will be conducting daily seminars on the Be Well Stage entitled,

Limp in, Leap Out - The Female Foot from Eve to Gucci: 10 Tips 2 Keep U Walking

  • 4:00pm Friday
  • 11am Saturday
  • 3:30pm Sunday

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Thursday, March 17, 2005 | News for Houston, Texas | Health

Z-Coils: Put a spring in your step

By Amy Tortolani / 11 News
Houston, Texas
Tuesday, March 15, 2005

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It's the latest craze in footwear and it's for both sexes.

It's not Jimmy Choo or Nike Air Jordans, but a shoe called Z-Coils.

The shoes look strange, but offer a lot of relief.

They come in all different colors, styles and sizes, and the one thing these shoes have in common is ... they have a coil in the heel of the shoe.

The shoemaker claims it offers four times more cushioning than any regular shoe, meaning more comfort.

Z-Coils are touted as pain-relief footwear.
"Coils adjusted for different weights [allow] you to have a slight pitch from heel to toe. That's what takes the pressure off your back and sciatic nerve," says Vicky Hayes.

Charlene Legler swears by her Z-coils. "I thought how strange looking ... took me less than an hour to try them and that's all that I have worn ever since."

Now on her sixth pair, Legler says without them, each step is painful.

"I don't know about you, but when my feet hurt I am really cranky. And they don't hurt any more," she says.

Z-coil and its customers say the footwear reduces pain.

But how? Think of Z-coil shoes working like the suspension of a vehicle, simply reducing the impact of every bump or heel strike.

The doctors 11 News spoke with say they've seen the proof.

"If a patient is flatfooted, the unique orthotic in the shoes can be molded and make it to fit the person's need and it alleviates pain in the feet, ankle and lower back," says Dr. Robert Lambeth.

So what does it feel like to walk on coils?

"Like walking on a trampoline ... don't want to take them off," says one customer.

Z-coil says these shoes are made for more than walking.

"Do anything from kickboxing to elliptical to aerobics in those shoes," says Hayes.

Testimonial: Jimmy R. Guthrie

Because of knee pain, I had to use a walking cane to get around. After getting a pair of [Z-CoiL® footwear], I no longer use a cane and my knee pain is almost gone.

Thanks, Z-CoiL, for your great shoes. I just brought in my wife, who is a mail carrier, to get her a pair.

Jimmy R. Guthrie
Moselle, MS

Detroit Free Press Article: Specialty shoe shop steps up on Northwestern

It was a chance meeting during a mountainside hike in Arizona three years ago that led Clare Bushman (Photo: Left) and her sister-in-law, Ellen Bushman, to open their new business in Southfield: A Spring in Your Step.

The store at 29775 Northwestern Highway, which opened in August 2003, sells only Z-Coil shoes, which provide pain relief for people suffering from back, knee and other health ailments. In essence, the shoe has a spring in the heel, which is designed as a shock absorber to take pressure off bones and alleviate pain.

Clare Bushman, 48, who has arthritis, was hiking in Arizona, sat down on a rock to rest when she spotted another hiker practically flying down the mountainside wearing the unique-looking Z-Coil shoes. When she inquired about the shoes, the runner explained how much pain he had been in until he started wearing them.

She purchased a pair of the shoes and was immediately sold.

But the shoes aren't cheap -- from $179 to $209 per pair.

Ellen Bushman, 50, says the store has found a ready-made market in doctors, nurses, casino workers -- people who spend a lot of time standing. And for those who don't want the coils in the heels to show, they can be covered. The shoe has an orthotic insert to make sure it is fitted properly.

There are about 225 authorized Z-Coil shoe dealers in the United States.

To get started, the Bushmans came up with $100,000 for the store and inventory. There was some customer curiosity at first, but word of mouth soon took over and the shoes started selling quickly, Ellen says.

Z-CoiL Southfield Testimonial


To begin with I suffer from two painful diseases, Diabetes, Neuropathy. Neuropathy affects my lower nerve extremities, and there is no cure for this disease.

A year ago I started walking with a cane working in retail on a cement floor. I was sent home on several occasions because of the leg pain and I couldn't stand.

I visited a well-known foot doctor and after several tests and foot scans it was prescribed to purchase special shoes and purchase orthotics, which didn't work. Then I was told there was nothing that could be done.

I was forced to retire with the diagnosis of cancer, and the upcoming surgery. While in recovery my wife and I started visiting Gilda's Club a cancer support group.

I would struggle into Gilda's in pain and could barely walk, One of the volunteers and a member was talking about these funny looking shoes.

I started by researching on the Z-Coil website. We decided to visit the Spring In Your Step store to find out about these funny looking shoes. (more)

Jack T. Lightcap