Tuesday, March 22, 2005

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)

Monday, March 21, 2005

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

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Free Z-CoiL Decorating Class

Monday, March 21, 2005, 6 to 9pm
Where: A Step Above Footwear, LLC
4225 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa, CA


You too can decorate your Z-CoiL's Posted by Hello

As a thank you to our customers, we will be offering a Z-CoiL decorating class. The class is free and we will provide the paints, dyes, beads, and whatever else we can come up with to decorate your Z-CoiL's. Our resident artist Colleen will be in attendance to help create and support the creative work being done. So come on down and enjoy a fun and creative evening. We will bring the snacks and drinks.

Please call for a reservation by Saturday, March 19, 2005.
Space is limited, due to our store size.


Contact: Carolyn 538-2051

Fundraiser for Forgotten Felines


Decorated by Colleen for Forgotten Felines Fund Raiser Posted by Hello

Join us for purrfect afternoon of Art, Wine, Food & Felines.
Rodney Strong Vineyards
11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg, CA
Sunday, March 20, 2005
1:00pm-5:00pm
Silent Auction of Cat-Themed Art
Wine Tasting, Hors d'oeuvres, Desserts
Live Music! Live Auction! Live Cats!!
Tickets: $35.00 advanced $40.00 at the door
All proceeds benefit Forgotten Felines of Sonoma County Spay/Neuter Clinics
Tickets are tax-deductible

Dr. Linzner's view on plantar fascitis

Ask Dr. Linzner

Docter Erwin Linzner has managed a chiropractic practice since 1994 in Rohnert Park, California. He uses manual manipulation, soft tissue manipulation and rehabilitation for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. He believes that wellness comes from healthful living, which includes proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep. These are the primary factors that prevent disease, but also need to be addressed in healing from any condition.


Plantar fascitis:

Plantar fascitis is condition of chronic inflammation in the fascia of the feet, hence the name. Symptoms include foot pain aggravated by walking or running. Also there generally is more stiffness and pain in the morning. Causes or aggravating factors are as follows: being overweight, avid runners, having reduced dorsiflexion in the foot, and wearing inappropriate footwear.

Let me first talk about the reduced dorsiflexion in the foot. Studies have shown that people that do not have good ability to move the hinge joint of the ankle have a higher probablity of plantar fascitis. This makes sense to me. Since the foot really acts as a shock absorber, and you cannot go through a normal range of motion, that force now has to be absorbed by your plantar fascia instead. This leads to chonic injury of that tissue, and seems to be very difficult to heal. Aggravating factor which multiply this force of impact of couse are running and being overweight. This seems logical. Good footwear should help you absorb that force, while also giving you good arch support.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Testimonial: Joyce Seddon



As a nurse working 12-hour shifts, my knees and feet were the first to tell me the day was long and laborious. I saw several waitresses and nurses wearing [Z-CoiL footwear] and they all had wonderful things to say about them, so I put them on my Christmas wish list a year ago. My wonderful husband bought me a gift certificate, and I was amazed at how great they felt.

Since getting them, they have been on my feet constantly when I work, play, shop, or just hang around. Why wear anything else? My grandchildren call me Grandma Tigger. Although I can not jump as high as Tigger can in the Winnie-the-Poo books, I can smile and laugh like he does because I feel good.

Joyce Seddon
Surprise, AZ

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Testimonial: Cara Lumen

THE SACRED CIRCLE: "Endorsing products is not my thing but I have discovered z-coil shoes that are making me stand straighter and walk more fluidly. They have springs on the heels.The guide at the Hearst Castle was wearing them.

I said, 'How do you like your z-coils?' She replied, 'I LOVE them, I could sleep in them.' A friend has 3 pair and says she will never wear another shoe.Other people asked about them on myvacation and commented that they were'way cool.' Check out zcoil.com.

If you shop in Santa Rosa at A Step Above Footware, please tell the owner I sent you.



Cara Lumen, M.A., RScP is a contemplative philosopher, metaphysical seeker and inspirational guide.