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A Monthly Newsletter for Z-CoiL® Footwear Lovers Everywhere!

November 2009
 
What's in Z-Issue
Enter the Z-TV Contest!
Fit Exercise Into Your Day
Fall Special Certificate
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Featured Testimonial
 
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Enter the
"Best Idea on TWO Feet"
Video Contest!

ZTV Contest
 
Win Big $$ & Have Your Commercial Aired on TV!
 
Create a unique and original commercial
for Z-CoiL Footwear and you could WIN BIG!
 
Make us laugh. Make us cry. Make us stand up and cheer! Make it something you'd want to see on TV.

Maybe it's about your pain management, or how you can walk again because of Z-CoiL shoes; maybe it's about your individuality, or a way to stand out; maybe it's your way of staying on your feet longer and working harder than your co-workers; or maybe it's your zany obsession with all things coiled.
 
Whatever it is; you write it. You cast it. You direct and shoot it.
 
You have total creative control!
 
Entries into the contest will be accepted through December 4, 2009, so get your videos in TODAY!
 
For complete rules and to submit your entry, visit the Z-TV Contest Website.
 
Alternative ways to fit exercise into your day

Hikers

Park far from stores: Try to make this a habit. Not only do you add steps to your day going in and back out of the store, you are saving time not having to search for a space AND you will save your car from being hit by carts or other car doors. So many advantages to this one!
 
Pace on the Phone: Pace through the house as you enjoy a chat on the phone. Steps add up when you form this simple habit. This is another example of using hidden minutes. Commit to move during your next 5 calls.
 
Dance, Dance, Dance:
Boogie down to some great fast music while you cook, clean or manage any other chore. Feel your mood instantly lift and your feet will get happy as well! 
 
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
 
And what can I do about it? 
 Plantar Fasciitis
When your first few steps out of bed in the morning cause severe pain in the heel of your foot, you may have plantar fasciitis (fashee-EYE-tiss). It's an overuse injury affecting the sole or flexor surface (plantar) of the foot. A diagnosis of plantar fasciitis means you have inflamed the tough, fibrous band of tissue (fascia) connecting your heel bone to the base of your toes.
 
You're more likely to get the condition if you're a woman, if you're overweight, or if you have a job that requires a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces. You're also at risk if you walk or run for exercise, especially if you have tight calf muscles that limit how far you can flex your ankles. People with very flat feet or very high arches are also more prone to plantar fasciitis.
 
The condition starts gradually with mild pain at the heel bone often referred to as a stone bruise. You're more likely to feel it after (not during) exercise. The pain classically occurs again after arising from a midday lunch break.
 
If you don't treat plantar fasciitis, it may become a chronic condition. You may not be able to keep up your level of activity and you may also develop symptoms of foot, knee, hip and back problems because of the way plantar fasciitis changes the way you walk.
 
Rest is the first treatment for plantar fasciitis.
Try to keep weight off your foot until the inflammation goes away. You can also apply ice to the sore area for 20 minutes three or four times a day to relieve your symptoms. Often a doctor will prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen.
 
A program of home exercises to stretch your Achilles tendon and plantar fascia are the mainstay of treating the condition and lessening the chance of recurrence.
In one exercise, you lean forward against a wall with one knee straight and heel on the ground. Your other knee is bent. Your heel cord and foot arch stretch as you lean. Hold for 10 seconds, relax and straighten up. Repeat 20 times for each sore heel. Note: It is not recommended to stretch when your plantar fascia is greatly inflamed.

Wearing Z-CoiL footwear is another highly effective treatment.
 
Inflammation may be relieved by wearing shoes that provide greater shock absorption in the heel area and are slightly elevated to transfer pressure from the heel. Z-CoiL® footwear does both.
 
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis or heel spurs, the Z-Orthotic™ supports the longitudinal arch, which helps to prevent over-stretching and reduces the stress on the plantar fascia. The coil in the heel can also be adjusted for over-pronation (flat feet) to normalize your gait.
 
About 90 percent of people with plantar fasciitis improve significantly after two months of initial treatment, and in some cases even sooner when wearing Z-CoiL footwear.
 
Click here to locate a Z-CoiL store near you.
 
Featured Testimonial, November 2009
 
Testimonial_McKnight
I had both of my hips replaced in the last 18 months.  For the 6 months prior to the first hip replacement, I was in such pain that I couldn't walk without limping.  All told, for the last 2 years I have not walked without a noticeable limp.
 
At the Tulsa State Fair, we saw the Z-CoiL booth and stopped to see how the "gimmick" shoes worked.  I put the shoes on and took a short walk.  Within the first couple of steps, I was sold.  My limp was gone and I was walking normal again. 
 
I was able to stand on one foot without feeling anything "different" in my hips!  The Z-CoiL shoe actually absorbed any pressure that I normally would feel in my hip.  I was so excited that I had my mom take a picture of me standing on one foot.  I hadn't been able to do that for the previous 2 years.
 
With my old shoes, when I would walk, I would often start to fall to one side or the other and have to catch myself on an object.  My muscles still don't have the strength to catch me.  As I was walking through the remainder of the fair with Z-CoiL shoes on, I found myself falling, like I do everyday.  But the coil had been adjusted to fit my needs.  As I started falling to the left, I felt the sole catch me without me needing to hold on to anything.
 
I travel for a living, and spend a lot of time walking through airports.  With my new shoes, I am able to walk normally again.  I was able to keep up with the other passengers around me, and actually was able to walk from my gate to the luggage area without having to stop and rest my hips.
 
Thank you for changing my life!!  I now have tennis shoes for everyday living, and a pair of dress shoes for church.
 
Again... thank you!
 
Jason M.
Eagle Mountain, UT
 
 

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