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30th April, 2005. 7:10 am. Arthritis Walk 2005: Improved Quality Of Life Product Donations To Washington Walk Chairs and Honore

Press Release: Draft 3.0

Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footware™ Independent Dealers Provide Tools For Individuals With Arthritis And Related Diseases

Port Townsend, WA May 2, 2005 - Washington state Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footware™ 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:</p>
  • Skagit
    May 14 at the Cascade Mall in Burlington
  • Kitsap
    May 21 at Waterfront Park in Silverdale
  • Pierce
    June 4 at Owens Beach at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma
  • Spokane
    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 Footware™ Independent Dealers

Shoe Safari – Silverdale Arthritis Walk Health Fair/Z-CoiL Donation

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 Footware™ 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. I recommend caution in more advanced arthritis since the compensation necessary may not be available.”

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.

Z-Blog Reporter
Z-CoiL Customer Stories, Information, Resources, News, Links and Updates

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9th April, 2005. 8:45 am. Press Release: Good Housekeeping Institute Fudged Facts On Z-CoiL Footwear To Media (Sneak Peak)

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Had Nothing To Do With Evaluating Springy Shoes

April 11, 2005 - In February, the Good Housekeeping Institute published a video report regarding Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™. Their unfavorable story stated the springy soled shoes were unsafe on sticky surfaces and uneven terrain and could cause back strain.

In the report and the 2005 May issue of Good Housekeeping (Page 90), Dr. Stuart Hirsch was accurately presented as an expert in the medical field and Chair of the Council on Communications for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

But when the Good Housekeeping Institute submitted an article about their Z-CoiL report to King Feature Syndicate, a wire service that daily newspapers nationwide subscribe, Dr. Hirsch was omitted from the story:

"But the elevated heel might strain the back and increase arthritis in the knee, said the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons Communications Council." - Salt Lake Tribune - Business (03/16/2005)

An American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) representative tried unsuccessfully to contact the Good Housekeeping Institute to have the 120-year-old women's magazine issue a "media correction." The AAOS has never communicated with the Good Housekeeping Institute about Z-CoiL pain relief footwear or issued any official statement about the product. (NOTE: This paragraph was edited by Teena T. Purdiman, Manager, Public Relations, AAOS)

In March, using information from the Good Housekeeping Institute, WCBS-TV consumer news reporter Kirstin Cole (photo) stated in her story, "Are Z-Coils Z Answer For FootPain?," that Dr. Hirsch was WITH the "American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons."

This is not true.

Dr. Hirsch is a “member” of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Chair of the Council on Communications for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - a volunteer position. (NOTE: After fact checking this press release, Audrey Pass, Director, Communications, WCBS-TV, sent this one line e-mail from her Blackberry handheld wireless device: "Thank you Jack. We stand behind our story." My reply: Are you interested in contacting the AAOS?)

1) Why would the Good Housekeeping Institute embellish the facts to the media?
2) Why won't Good Housekeeping answer questions regarding their story?

Links, background information, unedited reader comments and interviews with medical professionals regarding the Good Housekeeping Institute Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear™. controversy are available at the Z-Blog Reporter, a syndicated blog maintained by a multi-Z-CoiL shoe owner (6 pair) that is working towards getting several more styles for friends, family and himself.

NOTE: The Z-Blog Reporter is not associated with Z-CoiL or a Z-CoiL independent dealer. The focus of the daily online journal is on customer stories, customer satisfaction, community and adequate, truthful media representation

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4th April, 2005. 9:27 am. Z-CoiL Blogs and RSS Feeds

Z-Dealer Blogs

A Step Above Footwear
Shoe Box Mary
Shoe Safari
Springs Z-CoiL
Feel Good Footwear
Total Relief Footwear
Spring Action Footwear
AT Footwear

Z-Customer Blogs

Z-Blog Reporter

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4th April, 2005. 9:22 am. Z-Coil: Customer Satisfaction Drives Sales

Z-Coil has a simple business philosophy: build the most comfortable shoe in the world. And, according to hundreds of testimonies from customers they're doing a pretty good job.

By responding to the needs of a particular market segment - people who, quite literally, feel pain wearing normal shoes - Z-Coil is creating a passionate customer base who will do anything, including driving 3 hours to get to a store that carries the products.

And, in return, Z-Coil will do just about anything to sastisfy their customers. The company holds quarterly “meetups” with customers to determine what works and what doesn't about their products. By flying in 10-12 customers for each meetup, Z-Coil is able to go beyond the “focus group” to customers who believe in the company. This passion has caused Z-Coil to believe in their customers as well. A healthy relationship if I ever saw one.

inkspress: Thursday, January 06, 2005 5:16 PM

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12th December, 2004. 9:16 am. Z-CoiL Shoes Requested To Help Devastated Family Get Back On Their Feet?

Mountain View Telegraph Article Seeks Donations For Destitute Family

Port Townsend, WA (December 15, 2004) – Last week, the Mountain View Telegraph published a story written by contributing writer Linda Burke entitled, “Deceased Daughter Is Only One of Family's Devastations”, that outlined a myriad of personal catastrophes.

In the article, a pair of Z-CoiL pain relief footwear was requested to help the families’ sole wage earner return to work after an on-the-job related injury:

“Just when it seemed there was nothing more this family could be dealt, Leslie, the family's last breadwinner, injured her back at work. She slipped on a wet floor while carrying a heavy bucket.

Despite her injury and severe pain, she continued to work a number of days each week.

She had no choice as the sole provider for her family. But eventually the pain from being on her feet and carrying heavy trays of food became more than Leslie could manage. When she couldn't keep up with the work schedule, she was fired…

Leslie has been told that Z-coil shoes could help alleviate enough of her back pain to return to work. But the shoes are more expensive than the family can afford…”

An online “holiday spirit pool” was immediately organized with nationwide independent Z-Coil dealers to provide a pair of springy soled shoes for the women featured in the Mountain View Telegraph report.

Over the weekend, Caesar Snee, owner of EZ-Shoes San Jose, CA, (http://www.ez-shoes.com) emailed the Z-CoiL Footwear (http://www.zcoil.com) founder, Al Gallegos, and CEO/president, Andres Gallegos. On Monday morning, Caesar posted a memo to the online dealer group that Z-CoiL Footwear would donate a pair of shoes.

Up-dates to this story as it unfolds as well as multimedia interviews with Z-CoiL owners that are now earning their wage pain free, will be posted to the Z-Reporter Blog: http://z-coil.blogspot.com


Jack Olmsted
Consumer Evangelist

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14th November, 2004. 8:31 am. Press Release: November is Diabetes Month

Can Z-CoiL® Footwear Reduce Diabetics’ Impact?

Port Townsend, Washington (November 15, 2004) – Although Z-CoiL pain relief footwear are not promoted or approved by the FDA as appropriate shoes for diabetics, Z-CoiL dealers nationwide are finding that the cushioned padded forefoot bed and springy heeled shoe provide some relief for diabetic feet.

According to a Barbados report published in the medical journal Diabetes Care this month, people with diabetes, wearing inadequate footwear triples the risk of lower-leg amputation. Prompted by anecdotal reports of high rates of diabetes-related amputation rates in the Caribbean, Dr. Anselm J. M. Hennis from University of the West Indies in Bridgetown, Barbados, and colleagues investigated the situation there.

A Z-CoiL Dealer Comment:
Diabetics wear Z-Coils because some say the springy footwear dramatically reduces the swelling and stops the impact to their feet. Much of the swelling appears to depart when Z-CoiLs are worn. But, complications do not completely disappear because water retention and the constant pounding with each step they take contribute to the swelling. The built-in orthotic also protects the diabetic foot from injuries that could cause other problems.

Many Diabetics prefer the clogs because there are no seams that rub against their skin.

A Z-CoiL Dealer Story:
On Tuesday, an elderly gentlemen and his wife came into the store, complaining about burning and numbness in their feet. These are symptoms associated with a diabetes condition called neuropathy.

I later found out that he was a diabetic. She wasn’t.

They were interested in comfortable yet supportive footwear that took the pressure off their forefoot and metatarsal areas.

I put both of them in Z-CoiL Taos clogs. After walking around the store, they both felt pressure in their forefoot.

Z-CoiLs footwear has 31 adjustments
I switched his medium coils for larger ones and her small coils for medium. Then I rotated the position of the coil so the soft side of the coil was in the back of the shoe and the hard portion of the coil was in the front. This adjustment transfers the persons' weight to their heel and puts less pressure on their forefoot.

They were totally amazed that my quick adjustment relieved their pressure. They walked out of the store wearing matching clogs.

On Friday, I called the couple to see how they were doing. They both reported a significant reduction in the burning and throbbing sensation in their feet. Z-CoiLs had become their primary footwear.
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7th October, 2003. 3:28 pm. Maria Collins New Z-Coil Owner

Maria Collins (Michelle Lambert's mother) purchased a pair of Zueco Clogs.

Listen to what she had to say hours after becoming a Z-Coil owner: Interview 1, Interview 2

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24th September, 2003. 9:49 am. Nurse Discussion Board

(first message in the z-coil thread)

I was talking with my mom this morning on the phone. She is at the hospital visiting with her brother who had triple bypass surgery on Monday morning. So far, he is doing pretty good considering before the surgery he had pneumonia, was on blood thinners, had a recent stroke, and is a diabetic. I have done some reading online and even saw a video of bypass surgery where they didn't even stop the heart for surgery so I would better understand what he was going through. It really is amazing the new techniques they are coming up with. My question, however, concerns a certain type of shoes that my Mom noticed to be popular with the nurses. They are called "zcoil" shoes and they look kind of funny. They are also kind of expensive, but they are supposed to be very good for your back, posture, and feet. I was just wondering if any of you have worn these and if so, what your thoughts are regarding them.

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24th September, 2003. 9:32 am. Z-coil shoe puts a spring into the wearer's steps

The (Colorado Springs) Gazette
Tue, Aug. 26, 2003

The Z-Coil shoe, with a steel spring mounted on its heel, looks a bit like the spring-loaded shoes Wile E. Coyote sometimes wears in his fruitless pursuit of the Road Runner.

But Z-Coils have a serious purpose: an escape from pain. The spring suspension system absorbs the impact of walking or running. And despite its high-heel look, the Z-Coil is designed to offer greater stability than other shoes.

Ruth Lamers, 70, of Colorado Springs has worn Z-Coils for about three years. The shoes have eased her chronic back pain and truly put spring into her step. Before, walking half a block was a struggle. Now she takes a half-hour walk on most days.

"I can go shopping," she says happily. "I still get tired if I do too much, but I can shop like normal people."

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22nd September, 2003. 10:11 am. See, Hear, Speak Z-COIL

Yesterday, Bob Kennedy, Santa Rosa LIVE TV, rolled tape as Carolyn Linzner, Santa Rosa Z-Coil Dealer (speak), Michelle Lambert, singer/songwriter/fiddler (hear), and Maria Lambert (see) after the American Heart Association Walk FinishLine festivities at Howarth Park.

Michelle performed a 45 minute set while Carolyn sold CDs and passed out Z-Coil brochures to the attendees at the annual fundraising event. Bob will air songs from the redwood grove show in future broadcasts.

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