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A Monthly Newsletter for Z-CoiL Footwear Lovers Everywhere!             February 2011

What's in Z-Issue
Foot Pain by the Numbers
Heart-Healthy Gift Ideas
Love Your Shoes
Testimonial of the Month
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Foot Pain by the Numbers



Million pounds of pressure the feet absorb during an hour of strenuous exercise.


Percentage of Americans who will be affected by plantar fasciitis at some point in their lifetime.


Millions of Americans who visit doctors' offices for foot and ankle problems each year.



Percentage of Americans with flat feet, a condition in which the foot does not have natural arch support.



Millions of American adults, or one in six

, who have foot problems; the ratio increases to one in three over age 65.



Percentage increase in the amount of body-weight pressure on the forefoot when wearing three-inch high heels; this drops to 22 percent for one-inch heels.


The average number of miles an American walks each year; two to three times total body weight is placed on the big toe during the push-off phase of walking.

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We all know Valentine's Day is on its way, but did you know that February is also National Heart Month? Here are some ways to honor both, and show your loved ones how much you care:


Top 5 Heart-Healthy Valentine Gift Ideas


Show your love with Z-CoiL's new Z-Trek shoes1. Chocolates

If you opt for the dark, bittersweet variety, you'll benefit from lots of antioxidants, which protect the body from the damage caused by free radicals. It also helps relax blood pressure, reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, and balance certain hormones in the body. (Plus it's delicious!)


2. Fruit Gift Basket

Include a variety of tasty, healthful fruits like kiwi, bananas and berries, along with avocadoes and veggies to maximize your gift's heart-health benefits.


3. Red Wine

Toast your love this Valentine's Day with a glass of pinot noir or a nice cabernet, a particularly rich source of antioxidants like resveratrol. Resveratrol, found in grape skins and seeds, reduces the risk of certain cancers, heart disease and strokes, while also increasing your level of HDL (good) cholesterol.


4. Seafood Gift Hamper

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that eating just 1 to 2 servings of fish a week (containing omega-3 fatty acids) reduced the risk of death from heart disease by 36%, and overall death by 17%!


5. Sports Gear

Now is a great time to commit to getting your body moving and your heart pumping, so consider giving the one you love a fancy pedometer that measures distance traveled, calories burned, and more--or maybe a pair of Z-CoiL walking shoes!


Show your Z-CoiL shoes some love!

Show your shoes some LOVE! 

Here are 5 simple steps to keep your Z-CoiL footwear looking good and lasting longer. 
  1. Avoid excessive heat.
    Never leave your Z-CoiL footwear in a hot environment, like a car parked in the sun, since extreme heat can cause the forefoot cushioning to shrink and separate from the Z-Orthotic™.
  2. Remove your shoes properly.
    Always take your Z-CoiL shoes off by untying them first, then gripping the heel of the upper -- not by standing on the rubber heel pad and prying them off your feet. This could cause the heel pad to separate from the coil.
  3. Clean your Z-CoiL footwear inside and out.
    Winter snow, slush and salt can be especially hard on your shoes, but it's easy to keep them in good shape. Simply wipe your shoes clean with a cloth dipped in mild, soapy water and use shoe polish to keep them shiny. For leather uppers, you may want to use a leather cleaner plus a leather conditioner. You can even hand-wash your padded insoles in warm, soapy water and let them air-dry.
  4. Allow your shoes to air out.
    To keep your shoes fresher, it's a good idea to rotate the Z-CoiL shoes you wear and give each pair a chance to "breathe." If you own only one pair of Z-CoiL footwear, consider buying a second pair of padded insoles that you can swap out and hand-wash as needed.
  5. Get regular footwear "tune-ups"
    As a valued Z-CoiL customer, you may receive free fitting adjustments from your local Z-CoiL distributor for as long as you own your shoes. Our goal is to maximize the pain relief benefits of our footwear by maintaining a custom fit. Bear in mind that, as the condition of your feet and body changes, so should your shoes!
Stand for hours in total comfort in Z-CoiL shoesTestimonial of the Month 

The short version of this testimonial is WOW!


I was a very physical person. As a mechanic and millwright, I would walk, stoop, climb, squat, contort, lift, and then have lunch. For recreation, it was hiking, sailing, and the favorite, kayaking.


Then it happened, the jump to service manager. All that moving was replaced to standing on concrete. Within weeks pain started. The first few steps getting out of bed were quite painful. Feet, knees, hips, lower back, everything started hurting. The pain made me tired (and testy). All I wanted to do after work was get off my feet. All work, no play, and pain. Friends and my doctor said, "Welcome to being over 50, get used to it."


Then the fortunate encounter. I made fun of somebody's shoes. Her response was to tell me that without those strange shoes, she would be on disability. She then told a very familiar story. She went from delivering drinks at a casino and walking many miles a night to tending bar and standing. I checked online to find the nearest dealer, scooted over to the place, and balked at the price. The store owner gave me the 30-day guarantee, and I parted with my money. I did not need 30 days. Pain reduction started on day one. WOW!


Brad W.

Hoquiam, Washington


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