Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Walk It Off Seattle

Walk It Off Seattle - Kellie J. Loses 75 Pounds Since March 26!

No Gimmicks - Diet, Exercise and Determination Keys to Losing Weight

Kellie J. walked cheerfully into our store and said "Hi, remember me?" I smiled politely and said, "I'm sorry, but I don't remember your name." Kellie grinned and said "Maybe that's because I've lost 75 pounds since I enrolled in your Walk It Off - Seattle program!" We were blown away.

I interviewed Kellie and her story was inspirational. She knew she had to lose over 100 pounds. She had done it once before but gained it back. This time she had a game plan. She went into counseling for six months before committing to her weight loss program. She had to understand why she was making the lifestyle choices she had been making, and she had to learn how to overcome poor decisions. She started her weight loss program in January and managed to lose about 25 pounds. In March, she came in for some exercise shoes.

So, what was Kellie's secret? She said she religiously goes to Curves (Oak Knoll location) 3 days per week. Every day she does something for cardiovascular conditioning (walking or running), and she does strength conditioning exercises. No fad diets or gimmicks here - she has learned how to make better eating decisions, and never skips her exercise routines. Kelly has earned $75.00 in store credit for her efforts, and she plans to weigh out at the end of December to maximize her rewards. We are very proud of Kellie's accomplishments in 2010. She has her eye on either a pair of Orthofeet or a pair of Aetrex shoes for a next pair. She really liked the feeling of the Ryn and Z-CoiL Sports shoes for her 2011 goals.

Now is the time to weigh-out for Walk It Off -Seattle 2010. This unique program awards $1.00 in store credit for every pound you lose from the date you sign up until the end of the calendar year. Whether you have lost 5, 10, 20 or more pounds - come in and weigh out to redeem your gift certificate. We will also enroll you in Walk It Off Seattle 2011, when you weigh out.

About Walk It Off Seattle- It's a free service of Your 2 Feet. Just come into the store, sign an entry form and weigh-in. From the day you sign up until the end of the calendar year, you will be awarded $1.00 in store credit for every pound you lose. You must weigh-out before December 31 to redeem your weight-loss gift certificate. If you don't weigh out before the end of the calendar year, your entry form from the previous year will be discarded. Walk It Off Seattle is a fun, free extra incentive to keep you focused on maintaining your weight loss program.

You can enter this program again, or for the first time, anytime in 2011 to give you the boost for your weight loss program.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Much More Than A comfort Shoe, Orthofeet are an Orthotic Shoe

Super Saving Days on Men's and Women's Orthofeet Orthotic Shoes.
Choose from a large selection of these Orthotic Shoes.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Ten Years in Review

Time magazine called it the Decade from Hell. The Boston Red Sox know it as the decade the Curse of the Bambino came to an end. And all Americans know the past decade as the one when terrorism struck home.
The decade began with a sigh of relief when the feared computer Y2K bug failed to materialize as companies adjusted their systems in time. And optimism prevailed when AOL and Time Warner decided to merge in a deal that epitomized the dot-com era's belief in seemingly unlimited growth.
But tensions grew quickly in the 2000s: There was the crash of the Concorde, the beginning of the second Intifada, the attack on the USS Cole, and a hotly disputed presidential election that wasn't officially decided until the Supreme Court halted the recount of ballots in Florida.
The rest of the decade bore witness to:
• Violence. The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were the worst of a series of terrorist attacks, followed several years later by a train bombing in Spain and a subway blast in London. After 9/11, the United States led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Russia and Georgia tangled in later year, each side blaming the other for the conflict.
• Natural disasters. Nearly 230,000 people spread over several South Asia countries died in a tsunami spawned by an Indian Ocean earthquake. Tens of thousands were killed by earthquakes in Pakistan and China. Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans.
• Economic malaise. The collapse of the dot-com and housing bubbles fostered two financial crises: The second one resulted in the worst economic climate since the Great Depression.
News wasn't bad for everyone. Apple unveiled the iPod, and later, the iPhone.The Boston Red Sox broke an 86-year drought in winning the World Series. Michael Phelps swam into the record books with eight Olympic gold medals. An airline pilot saved more than 150 lives by landing on the Hudson River.
There were plenty of firsts. First Austrian bodybuilder to become the governor of California. First woman to win an Indy race. First female speaker of the House. First Hispanic member of the Supreme Court. First African-American president.
The final year of the decade saw the death of the biggest musical star of his generation; political rancor ("You lie!") over proposals to change U.S. health care, which could result in the most far-reaching government program since the Great Society; and a sex scandal surrounding professional golf's biggest draw.
Hubble Finds Mysterious Disk of Blue Stars Around Black Hole September 2005

Hubble Finds Mysterious Disk of Blue Stars Around Black Hole

*Release Date*:September 20, 2005 01:00 PM (EDT)

Thursday, December 09, 2010


Runners look as if they are running into a stiff headwind.
They have an excessive forward-lean and suffer from late full-foot
contact (when the center of the knee is in front of the center of
ankle when a foot fully contacts the ground). This often results
in a short and choppy stride. Runners usually end up this way by
incorrectly attempting the Pose Method or similar approaches
that encourage a mild forward lean. Leaning too far forward is
problematic because it shifts the center of mass out in front of the
runner and places excessive loads on the front of the knees. What
does this mean for the knees? Simply put, it’s like running downhill
all the time -- even on flat ground. The forward lean also contributes
to hitting the ground too hard (further aggravating any of the lower
body injuries).
Injuries commonly associated with this running into a headwind
style include: patellofemoral pain syndrome, patellar tendonitis,
shin splints, plantar fasciitis and tender Achilles heal.
Of all the faulty gait patterns, Pattern Two has the biggest effect
on performance. Leaning too far forward restricts arm motion
(thereby restricting leg motion) and also misplaces the center of a
runner’s stride. All of these problems limit the amount of “drive”
that a runner can put into each stride. Straighten up, soldier and
run lightly.
They have an excessive forward-lean and suffer from late full-foot
contact (when the center of the knee is in front of the center of
ankle when a foot fully contacts the ground). This often results
in a short and choppy stride. Runners usually end up this way by
incorrectly attempting the Pose Method or similar approaches
that encourage a mild forward lean. Leaning too far forward is
problematic because it shifts the center of mass out in front of the
runner and places excessive loads on the front of the knees. What
does this mean for the knees? Simply put, it’s like running downhill
all the time -- even on flat ground. The forward lean also contributes
to hitting the ground too hard (further aggravating any of the lower
body injuries).
Injuries commonly associated with this running into a headwind
style include: patellofemoral pain syndrome, patellar tendonitis,
shin splints, plantar fasciitis and tender Achilles heal.
Of all the faulty gait patterns, Pattern Two has the biggest effect
on performance. Leaning too far forward restricts arm motion
(thereby restricting leg motion) and also misplaces the center of a
runner’s stride. All of these problems limit the amount of “drive”
that a runner can put into each stride. Straighten up, soldier and
run lightly.

How to Keep Off the Extra Holiday Weight

The Diet Detective: Holiday Fit Tips
Keep Off the Extra Holiday Weight
By Charles Stuart Platkin
For Active.com

Eat First

It may sound absurd, but if you are going to a holiday party, eat ahead of time. I know plenty of people who starve themselves before going to a party so they'll have "room" for all the great food. They arrive--stomachs rumbling--and make a beeline for the high-calorie, high-fat appetizers and finger foods, easily eating more than a day's worth of calories. Instead, try eating enough healthy food beforehand so you're full before you arrive. You'll have much more self-control around those tempting party treats.

All or Nothing

I don't know how many times I've heard someone say, "I've already ruined my diet, so it doesn't matter what I eat now." I'm not sure how that myth got started, but it can be hazardous to your waistline. The bottom line is, an extra calorie is an extra calorie--so eating a slice of pie shouldn't give you an excuse to eat two more. And after a bowl of ice cream, you don't have to eat whatever is left in the container. Have you ever heard of cutting your losses? Well, the same rule applies to cutting your gains. It's never too late to stop.


You might think that planning what you're going to eat beforehand takes all the fun and spontaneity out of the occasion, but that's just not so. You're probably thinking about what you're going to eat anyway, so why not make it work for instead of against you? In fact, practicing good eating behavior at special events could actually make you feel more relaxed and empowered, not frustrated or disappointed. It gives you the sense of being in control of your environment instead of being lured into the dark world of overindulgence. So plan what and how much you're going to eat at the event before you even get there--set limits and you'll feel better.

Watch Out For Food Pushers

How many times has a family member or friend told you that you'll spoil the party if you don't partake in the food festivities, or that it's bad luck not to have at least one slice of cake? Have your answer ready for those diet saboteurs. Mentally rehearse a few key phrases like, "Oh, no thanks. I couldn't eat another thing." Or try the truth: "I'm dieting, and that piece of cake will throw me completely off track."

Recruit Your Friends

Getting the support of your friends and family is not always easy, but it's worth a try. Talk to them about the healthy changes you're making and enlist their help. The idea is not to have them police your behavior but rather for them to empower you by being encouraging and enthusiastic about your new way of life.

Balance It Out

Looking for a guilt-free way to enjoy your favorite holiday treat? Try consuming fewer calories the day before and after the holiday. It's basically a matter of calorie balance. By consuming 500 calories less the day before and after a holiday, you're leaving room for 1,000 extra calories." So a rich holiday dinner or party can be balanced by a lighter meal the day after.

Take Control

Host a holiday event or party yourself. Believe me, with all that constant moving, planning, cooking and preparing, you are bound to lose weight (as long as you give away the leftovers). Or, if you don't want to be the host, try helping out. If you're constantly on your feet, setting up, serving and cleaning, you'll have less free time for nibbling.

It Pays To Be Picky

During the holidays, foods you wouldn't normally eat suddenly become more appealing (especially with a "you-only-live-once" attitude), so be selective. Eat the things you really love--maybe a small serving of mashed sweet potatoes, a sliver of pecan pie--and ignore the not-so-thrilling stuff.

Easy On the Alcohol

Alcohol decreases inhibitions--potentially causing you to eat more--plus it's loaded with calories. If you're going to drink, stick with wine or beer and stay away from exotic fruity cocktails or fancy coffee drinks.

Feeling Full

Most people miss the physical cues signaling that they have eaten enough. Instead of waiting until you're bursting out of your clothes, try eating whatever you want, but stop once you are full. How will you know you're full? Wait 15 to 20 minutes after you've finished what's on your plate before requesting seconds or dessert. By delaying, you may find that your appetite for a second helping decreases.

Low Fat Gingerbread Men

Cook Time: 10 Minutes


1/4 cup butter, soften
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1/3 cup dark molasses
3 cups all- purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cloves

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar and applesauce until smooth.
Add egg and molasses and mix well. In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and spices. Add to sugar and molasses mixture, stirring well.
Divide dough in two: cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough to 1/4 or 1/8 inch thickness.
Cut ginger bread with cookie cutter. Add candies or raisins to decorate.
Place 1-2 inches apart on a parchment- lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Add frosting or more decorations when cool. Makes 30 cookies.

7 Ways to Sneak in a Holiday Workout

Sneak a holiday workout and maintain your fitness. Comment

Atlanta Sports Mag

With the holidays and new year around the corner, Americans have travel on their mind. Many people find that during holiday travel, their workout regimen seems to get thrown out of whack.

Fortunately, with a little proactive planning, you can maintain your fitness level, no matter where you are. According to IDEA, a membership organization for health and fitness professionals, the key is to be creative and remember that even short workouts are better than no workouts at all.

Here are a few tips from IDEA on how to keep in shape while you travel:

Do a "Condensed-but-Intense-Workout"

Customize your own 30-minute workout combining three lower body workouts (squats or lunges) and three upper body exercises (modified push-ups or chair dips).

Warm up with exercises like marching or jogging in place, then do 10-20 repetitions of a lower body exercise and 10-15 repetitions of an upper body exercise. Follow this with a minute of jumping jacks or jogging in place. Repeat this routine two or even three times and then try a variation of abdominal crunches, low back lifts and stretches.

Rehearse Your Routine

Practice makes perfect, so in order to be familiar and comfortable with your routine, do it as often as possible.

Get Active in Airports

If flight delays leave you with extra time at the airport, take advantage of it. Store your luggage in an airport locker and take a hike through the terminal.

Bring Tubes, Bands and More

Don't leave out fitness equipment when youre packing for a trip. Bring fitness videos, comfortable walking shoes, a bathing suit or other gear that you can fit in your bag. Inspirational memos from a trainer or a motivational CD could help you get moving.

Get a Jump Rope

Jumping rope is a great way to get in a few minutes of intense cardio workout and it can be done just about anywhere. If you dont have a jump rope, try climbing flights of stairs instead.

Plan to Relax

Don't overdo it. Staying fit is important, but dont lose sight of the real reason for the holidays spending time with those who are important to you. If you want to do both, involve the whole family in a yoga or tai chi exercise to unwind.

Ease Back Into Your Routine

Depending on how much you worked out during your travel, you may need to gradually ease back into your old routine. You may want to consider using lighter weights or decrease the intensity or the duration of your workouts until you can return to pre-trip conditions.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Information about causes of heel pain

Heel Pain

Click here for information about causes of heel pain
Heel pain is an extremely common complaint, and there are several common causes. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your symptoms so that appropriate treatment can be directed at the cause. If you have heel pain, some causes include:
Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is the most common condition that causes heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is due to irritation and inflammation of the tight tissue that forms the arch of the foot. Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include heel pain with prolonged walking and standing.
• Heel Spur
A spur is commonly associated with plantar fasciitis. This problem is most commonly seen in patients who have long standing heel pain due to plantar fasciitis.
• Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Tarsal tunnel syndrome causes a large nerve in the back of the foot to become entrapped, or pinched. Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the hand, tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause heel pain.
• Stress Fractures
Stress fractures of the calcaneus are an uncommon cause of heel pain. Stress fractures should be considered especially in athletes such as long distance runners who have heel pain.
• Posterior Heel Pain
Posterior heel pain causes symptoms behind the foot, rather than underneath. Posterior heel pain causes include Achilles tendonitis and retrocalcaneal bursitis. Learn about causes of posterior heel pain and what treatments are available.
When do you need to call your podiatrist about your heel pain?
If you are unsure of the cause of your symptoms, or if you do not know the specific treatment recommendations for your condition, you should seek medical attention. Treatment of heel pain must be directed at the specific cause of your problem. Some signs that you should be seen by your podiatrist include:
• Inability to walk comfortably on the affected side
• Heel pain that occurs upon first rising, or resting
• Heel pain that persists beyond a few days
• Swelling or discoloration of the back of the foot
• Signs of an infection, including fever, redness, warmth
• Any other unusual symptoms
What are the best treatments for heel pain?
Treatment of heel pain depends entirely on the cause of the problem. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you understand the cause of your symptoms before embarking on a treatment program. If you are unsure of your diagnosis, or the severity of your condition, you should seek medical advice before beginning any treatment plan.
Some common treatments for heel pain are listed here. Not all of these treatments are appropriate for every condition, but they may be helpful in your situation.
• Rest and Bracing
Avoiding the precipitating activity; for example, take a few day off jogging or prolonged standing/walking. Just resting may helps to eliminate the most severe pain, and will allow the inflammation to begin to cool down. There is a way to rest and give compression at the same time. By applying the correct brace may make it possible to walk without pain. For more severe pain a walking boot is sometimes necessary.
• Apply Ice Packs
Icing will help to diminish some of the symptoms and control the heel pain. Icing is especially helpful after an acute exacerbation of symptoms.
• Exercises, night splints and stretches
Exercises and stretches are designed to relax the tissues that surround the heel bone. Some simple exercises, performed in the morning and evening, often help patients feel better quickly. Wearing a night splint is like stretching all night long.
• Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatoriy Medications or Steroid Injections
Anti-inflammatory medications help to both control heel pain and decrease inflammation. Over-the-counter medications are usually sufficient, but prescription options are also available.
• Shoes, Shoe Inserts and Custom Orthotics
Choosing the right shoes is imperative. A stable heel counter as seen in the Z-Coil pain relief footwear has shown amazing results. The reduction of impact in the heel is another feature of the Z-Coil to aide in healing. Shoe inserts are often the key to successful treatment of heel pain. The shoe inserts often permit patients to continue their routine activities without heel pain.
Additionally, podiatric medicine is on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to both diagnosing and treating heel pain. Whether through the use of radio-frequency technology, shockwave therapy or another form of treatment, technology for heel pain treatment is evolving everyday. Make an appointment to discuss treatment options that are right for you.
Original in About.com with additions from Dr. Kerch and the APMA.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Somnio Solves Problems on the Doctor's Show

"The Doctor's Show" segment on the Somnio athletic shoe can be seen on this video. Learn about the philosophy behind the "Perfect Fit"- Somnio:


Spice-Rubbed Roast Pork Loin With Seared Plums- Healthy Holiday Recipe

Spice-Rubbed Roast Pork Loin With Seared Plums- Healthy Holiday Recipe

I tried this recipe and recommend not using the caraway and celery seed (or use VERY little).
It is quite an overpowering flavor for me. Try substituting rosemary or whatever spice you really like. The mustard is listed as an ingredient and is good with a lot of things; Or how about using cinnamon and apples?

Serves 4
• 4 tablespoons celery seed
• 2 tablespoons very coarsely ground caraway seeds
• Two 8-ounce pork tenderloins, trimmed of fat
• 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 large sprigs of sage
• Kitchen string
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• Seared Plums

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Combine the celery seed and caraway seeds on a shallow plate and set aside. Brush the tenderloins with mustard all over. Season with salt and pepper and roll into the spice mix. Lay a sage sprig on each loin and truss every inch.
3. In an ovenproof skillet over high heat, add the olive oil. Sear the loins on one side for about 1 minute. Turn the pork and place in the oven. Roast for about 7 to 9 minutes; turn and roast for 7 to 9 minutes more. The tenderloin will be medium when the internal temperature, taken with a meat thermometer, is 145 degrees for medium, 150 degrees for medium well.
4. Remove the meat to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut into 1/2-inch slices. Arrange 3 slices on each plate and serve with the Seared Plums.

Recipe for Seared Plums:

Serves 4

4 plums, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
6 sprigs of thyme
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1.Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2.In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and set aside for 10 minutes.
3.Heat a nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium heat, add the plum mixture, and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute, until the surface of the plums are seared and caramel-colored.
4.Transfer the plums to the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the plum skins are just beginning to break and the color is vibrant.


Walk it Off Seattle: Countdown For Prizes- Be the Biggest Loser


Walk it Off Seattle

The challenge now is to weigh less at the end of the year than you do now.

"Your 2 Feet" is offering another incentive for those of you that love your Z-CoiL's (or other brands that we carry). Our offer of free money savings tied to your weight loss has got to help. Add to that a chance to win big if you reach your goals...it's the perfect combination! All you have to lose is your weight. Just stop in or call, no purchase is necessary.

Pain relief encourages more walking. We want you to get so excited by your progress in pain and weight loss the Z-CoiL way, you'll want to share your story. It's as easy as 1-5:

1. Sign-Up for "Walk It Off Seattle" at our store. You will fill out an entry form and officially weigh-in anytime this year. The entry form will list your current weight and desired weight loss goals for 2010. You will also certify that you are physically healthy enough to walk for exercise, that you are aware of exercise risks. Certain other conditions apply.

2. Start walking. Stick to your exercise, nutrition and weight loss program and chart your progress. Best of all every pound you lose equals $1.00 in store credit! I can just see the pounds peeling off and the register showing a loss also.

3. You can "Cash-In" Anytime in 2010. You can end the program at any time simply by weighing in and closing out your entry form. For example, if you lose 15 pounds by March, you can end the program and we will award you $15.00 in store credit.

4. "Grand Prizes" are awarded for weight loss written goals reached over 25 pounds. If you have a goal to safely lose over 25 pounds and you reach your written goal, you will be eligible to draw an envelope from the "Grand Prize" basket. Grand prizes include a free pair of shoes from manufacturers including Z-CoiL, Terrasoles,Crocs, Ryn, Aetrex shoe lines. Other neighboring businesses will also be contributing to the Grand Prize as well.

5. The contest ends December 31, 2010. No purchase is necessary to enter. If any parties find this promotion to be offensive or objectionable, we reserve the right to cancel the program without notice.

We at "Your 2 Feet" want more of you to reach those obtainable goals.

Send us your healthy recipes to stimulate good nutrition for those of us on this losing journey. We'll put the best of them in our newsletter.

The countdown is on to be the Biggest Loser.


Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Last Days of Z-Walker Sale

It's Not Too Late: Sale Ends November 15

Also available in white
Soft, full-grain leather upper with double-toe stitching
Padded leather tongue and soft, felt-lined insole
Available with slip-resistant (water only) outsoles
Available in Women's sizes 5-10 and Men's sizes 8-14
MSRP $195. Call us for details: 206-838-7338

ANOTHER BIG SALE Black Friday to Cyber Monday

There will never be a better time to stock up on Z-CoiL footwear for yourself and those you love! A wide array of discontinued styles will be priced as low as $79.95, but only during this special shopping weekend, November 26-29, at both participating stores and online at www.zcoil.com. Sizes will be limited at these close-out prices, so be sure to check ahead for availability.

Also included in this limited-time sale is the Gray Freedom athletic shoe for both Men and Women, priced at only $179.95 (regular MSRP online: $239.95). This popular style has never been officially discounted before, so don't miss out!

November Z-CoiL Sales Price Blow-out!

Save $120 on the Z-West Boot in November!
If you're looking for western style and total comfort, don't wait to get hold of a pair of Z-West Boots from Z-CoiL.
Only during the month of November, the Z-West boot is priced at $199.95, that's a $120 savings over the regular online MSRP of $319.95!


Z-CoiL Technology: shock-aborption plus built-in support
Full-grain, ostrich print leather upper
Lined leather shaft with decorative stitching
Pull-straps ande a heavy-duty zipper for easy on/off
Enclosed CoiL System heels with a western-boot shape
Slip-resistant outsoles (water only)
Available in Men's sizes 9-12 and Women's sizes 6-9
At these prices, sizes are limited, so be sure to check for availability!
MSRP $199.95 . Call us to order your size or for more details: 206-838-7338

Like all styles of Z-CoiL® footwear, the Z-West boot features a patented, shock-absorbing conical steel coil in each heel, which is designed to absorb up to 50% of the impact from walking or running, while delivering a 40 to 50% energy return. This coil-suspension system works in conjunction with a built-in orthotic that distributes pressure evenly across the bottom of the foot, eliminating sore spots and relieving the pain typically caused by heel spurs or plantar fasciitis.
While most Z-CoiL® footwear openly displays the signature heel coils, Z-West Boots sport Enclosed Coil System™ heels —dense foam heel coverings designed to help keep cords and cables from catching on the coils—molded with a distinctive “cowboy boot” shape.
Z-CoiL® shoes also feature thick neoprene cushioning under the forefoot and a rocker-bottom sole that gently assists each step. Such total foot support and cushioning work together to reduce the shock of impact to the body, and less impact means less pain.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Diabetic Foot Facts

Diabetes Foot Facts
TOTAL: 23.6 million people – Nearly eight percent of the U.S. population has diabetes.
DIAGNOSED: 17.9 million people
UNDIAGNOSED: 5.7 million people

• AGE 20 YEARS OR OLDER: 23.5 million. Nearly 11 percent of all people in this age group have diabetes.
• AGE 60 YEARS OR OLDER: 12.2 million. Almost 23 percent of all people in this age group have diabetes.
• MEN: 12 million. Close to 11 percent of all men, aged 20 years or older, have diabetes; nearly one third do not know it.
• WOMEN: 11.5 million. Nearly 10 percent of all women aged 20 years or older have diabetes. The prevalence of diabetes is at least two to four times higher among non-Hispanic Black and Hispanic/Latino American women, than among non-Hispanic white women.

• AFRICAN-AMERICANS: Nearly 15 percent or close to 4 million of all non-Hispanic blacks, aged 20 years or older, has diabetes. On average, non-Hispanic blacks are 1.8 times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites of similar age.
• HISPANIC/LATINO-AMERICANS: Nearly 11 percent of Hispanic/Latino Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes. Mexican Americans, the largest Hispanic/Latino subgroup, are almost two times as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.
• CAUCASIAN- AMERICANS: Close to 15 million or nearly 10 percent of all non-Hispanic whites, aged 20 years or older, have diabetes.

• About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of diabetic nerve damage (which often includes impaired sensation or pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion of food in the stomach, etc.) Severe forms of diabetic nerve damage can lead to lower-extremity amputations.
• More than 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations in the United States occur among people with diabetes.
• After an amputation, the chance of another amputation within 3 to 5 years is as high as 50 percent, according to the National Diabetes Education Program.
• The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.

• A podiatrist, a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) qualified by their education, training and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and related structures of the leg, plays an integral role in a diabetes management team. Diabetes can affect many parts of the body and can lead to serious complications such as blindness, kidney damage, and lower-limb amputations. Working together, people with diabetes and their health care providers, such as a podiatric physician, can reduce the occurrence of these and other diabetes complications.
• Comprehensive foot care programs can reduce amputation rates by 45 percent to 85 percent.

Information for this fact sheet has been compiled using the latest statistics from the American Diabetes Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Marilyn Willour From Palm Springs Visits Your 2 Feet

Marilyn Willour came all the way from Palm Springs stopping in Reno and Sacramento on the way. The Palm Springs and Orange County Z-CoiL store went out of business some time ago. Stopping in Reno for the Z-CoiLs she found it closed. The Reno store owners were at a Health Fair so the store was closed.

Marilyn's search finally ended when she found "Your 2 Feet" in Seattle on Google. She wanted to buy a pair of the blue and white Freedoms that are currently on sale until the end of September.

Marilyn met her husband as a working romance. They both worked at JC Penny when they met. She was a sales clerk. He was working as a stock clerk until he moved up to management. Was it love at first site?

Marilyn worked at JC Penny for 35 years and retired in 1992. They are visiting Seattle for a JC Penny retirees reunion. This group meets every 2 years in different parts of the country. The next reunion will probably be on the East coast, maybe Nashville. Ross worked at JC Penny and will be getting his 50 year pin today at the convention being held at the Olive 8 Hyatt near "Your 2 Feet".

Ten years ago Marilyn's painful symptoms began in both feet. She was diagnosed with a neuroma on her left foot and plantar fascitis on her right. Walking was made even more painful when she was diagnosed with right hip arthritis. Her walking was severely limited due to her painful symptoms. After she got introduced to the Z-CoiL Pain Relief Footwear this all changed.

Her daughter was at a women's expo in Orange County where there was an exhibit of the Z-CoiL's. Her daughter called her mom and said, "I've found the shoes for you!" She knew how much her mom was suffering and had been looking everywhere for a shoe solution.

Marilyn bought her first pair of Z-CoiL's in 2003 from a franchise in Reno. She said," I got almost immediate relief. The change was so dramatic! I could now walk pain free 5 miles with no problems with anything."

I now have three pairs of Z-Coils, the Sidewinder sandal, the Taos clog, and the Z-Walker. My Z-Walkers are ready to bite the dust after 7 years of wearing them. I had to replace the coils twice, but the insides are now falling out. It's time to retire them. I am so glad to get my fourth pair of Z-CoiL's...and they are on sale!

Sometimes people ask, "What are those funny shoes?" Marilyn answers," These Z-CoiL's have helped me so much. Here is the name of the shoe (she writes the name on a card). Just look online for where to get them near where you live." She tells them how the Z-CoiL's have helped her. They respond, "I want to learn more about the Z-CoiL because I have pain also."

The latest inquiry was made while Ross and Marilyn were waiting to take a tram from Mt. Sanjacinto to the desert near Palm Springs. The mountain has hiking trails and different activities to do. A woman said "Where did you get your shoes? I've been looking for them every where." Since the woman was from Massachusetts, Marilyn recommended she inquire if the Z-CoiL's may be on exhibit at the Big E.

Ross and Marilyn are adventurous travelers. Some of their stops have been to Alaska, Canada, Europe and around the USA. In Massachusetts they were very enthused about the Big E. Six states participate in the Big E event. Each state has a replica of their state house on display.

Marilyn and Ross brightened our day with their visit. Have a great visit to Seattle...and Happy Trails!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

What is a Neuroma?

What is a Neuroma?

A neuroma is a painful condition, also referred to as a “pinched nerve” or a nerve tumor. It is a benign growth of nerve tissue frequently found between the third and fourth toes that brings on pain, a burning sensation, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot.

The principal symptom associated with a neuroma is pain between the toes while walking. Those suffering from the condition often find relief by stopping their walk, taking off their shoe, and rubbing the affected area. At times, the patient will describe the pain as similar to having a stone in his or her shoe. The vast majority of people who develop neuromas are women.


•Pain in the forefoot and between the toes.
•Tingling and numbness in the ball of the foot.
•Swelling between the toes.
•Pain in the ball of the foot when weight is placed on it.

How Do You Get a Neuroma?

Although the exact cause for this condition is unclear, a number of factors can contribute to the formation of a neuroma.

Biomechanical deformities, such as a high-arched foot or a flat foot, can lead to the formation of a neuroma. These foot types bring on instability around the toe joints, leading to the development of the condition.

Trauma can cause damage to the nerve, resulting in inflammation or swelling of the nerve.

Improper footwear that causes the toes to be squeezed together is problematic. Avoid high-heeled shoes higher than two inches. Shoes at this height can increase pressure on the forefoot area.

Repeated stress, common to many occupations, can create or aggravate a neuroma.

What Can You Do for Relief?

Wear shoes with plenty of room for the toes to move, low heels, and laces or buckles that allow for width adjustment.

Wear shoes with thick, shock-absorbent soles and proper insoles that are designed to keep excessive pressure off of the foot.

High heels should be avoided whenever possible because they place undue strain on the forefoot and can contribute to a number of foot problems.

Resting the foot and massaging the affected area can temporarily alleviate neuroma pain. Use an ice pack to help to dull the pain and improve comfort.

For simple, undeveloped neuromas, a pair of thick-soled shoes with a wide toe box is often adequate treatment to relieve symptoms, allowing the condition to diminish on its own. For more severe conditions, however, podiatric medical treatment or surgery may be necessary to remove the tumor.

Use over-the-counter shoe pads. These pads can relieve pressure around the affected area.

Treatment by Your Podiatric Physician
Treatment options vary with the severity of each neuroma, and identifying the neuroma early in its development is important to avoid surgical correction. Podiatric medical care should be sought at the first sign of pain or discomfort; if left untreated, neuromas tend to get worse.

The primary goal of most early treatment regimens is to relieve pressure on areas where a neuroma develops. Your podiatric physician will examine and likely X-ray the affected area and suggest a treatment plan that best suits your individual case.

Padding and Taping: Special padding at the ball of the foot may change the abnormal foot function and relieve the symptoms caused by the neuroma.

Medication: Anti-inflammatory drugs and cortisone injections can be prescribed to ease acute pain and inflammation caused by the neuroma.

Orthotic Devices: Custom shoe inserts made by your podiatrist may be useful in controlling foot function. An orthotic device may reduce symptoms and prevent the worsening of the condition.

Surgical Options: When early treatments fail and the neuroma progresses past the threshold for such options, podiatric surgery may become necessary. The procedure, which removes the inflamed and enlarged nerve, can usually be conducted on an outpatient basis, with a recovery time that is often just a few weeks. Your podiatric physician will thoroughly describe the surgical procedures to be used and the results you can expect. Any pain following surgery is easily managed with medications prescribed by your podiatrist.

Your Feet Aren’t Supposed to Hurt

Remember that foot pain is not normal, and any disruption in foot function limits your freedom and mobility. It is important to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist at the first sign of pain or discomfort in your feet, and follow proper maintenance guidelines to ensure their proper health for the rest of your life. The advice in this pamphlet should not be used as a substitute for a consultation or evaluation by a podiatric physician.

Neuroma Tips

•Wear shoes with plenty of room for the toes to move, low heels, and laces or buckles that allow for width adjustment. "Your 2 Feet" carries a diverse variety of these shoes for you to view.
•Wear shoes with thick, shock-absorbent soles and proper insoles that are designed to keep excessive pressure off of the foot. Choose from 5 different types of insoles/arch supports including custom made orthoses fabricated by Dr. Kerch.
•High heels should be avoided whenever possible because they place undue strain on the forefoot and can contribute to a number of foot problems.
•Resting the foot and massaging the affected area can temporarily alleviate neuroma pain. Use an ice pack to help to dull the pain and improve comfort.
•For simple, undeveloped neuromas, a pair of thick-soled shoes with a wide toe box is often adequate treatment to relieve symptoms, allowing the condition to diminish on its own. For more severe conditions, however, podiatric medical treatment or surgery may be necessary to remove the tumor.
•Use over-the-counter shoe pads. These pads can relieve pressure around the affected area. A specially designed metatarsal pad carried at "Your 2 Feet" can assist in relieving neuroma pain.

Fall Fashion, Year Round Comfort

We are proud to announce Your 2 Feet will be showcasing an extension of the Aetrex brand of shoes. A shipment of limited supplies of the new Berry collection from Aetrex is being assembled for shipment to Your 2 Feet. The styles/colors/ sizes were ordered months ago.
We mentioned the Berry arrival in the recent newsletter.
If your choice is not in this shipment, we can check availability and do a special order for you.

Style Choices: Mary Jane, Slip-on, Clog
Color Choices are Blackberry, Blueberry, Mulberry, Raspberry, Cocoberry, Appleberry, Cranberry, Boysenberry

Mochaberry shade comes in the Mary Jane style only.

The Berries come in different width (some styles) and in half sizes.

A special feature of the Berries is the patented Mozaic Insole. It's a pressure relief insole for customized comfort.

The sandalistas for the summer (we have a limited supply left), have the same Mosaic Insole. Not to mention the top of the line over the counter orthotics Aetrex fabricates. The sandalistas are now on sale for 25% off.

Your 2 Feet can testify that every Aetrex product we carry is manufactured with the same quality materials and amount of arch support.

Aetrex has found the right balance combining comfort, arch support, styles and a variety of choices.

You are going to love these shoes.

Choose from the Mary Jane, slip-on and clog collection.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Your 2 Feet Introduces New Aetrex Berries

Your 2 Feet Introduces New Aetrex Berries Clog, Slip-on and Mary-Jane Casual Comfort Footwear“Your 2 Feet” is proud to introduce the new women’s collection, Berries by Aetrex. Berries are a casual comfort footwear featuring innovative technologies in fit and flexibility and are made with both stretch and memory foam. and memory foam.


Seattle, WA, 2010) – "Your 2 Feet", formerly Z-CoiL of Seattle, is excited to announce that the new Berries line are in the store. Aetrex Worldwide Inc., women’s collection, BERRIES BY AETREX, is an innovative casual comfort footwear. Berries features new technologies in fit and flexibility, and is the first shoe on the market made with both stretch and memory foam. Combining this technology with styles that include a variety of rich spring colors is further proof of Aetrex’s commitment to spearheading innovations in pain-relieving footwear and foot care products. Give your feet some relief and still look great at the same time.
This new Berries collection combines extraordinary comfort using stretch and memory
foam with “pop” colors consumers crave come springtime. Among the key features is the patented Mozaic Customization Technology that is built into the footbed for customized comfort. There are stretch fabric uppers for superior flexibility, adjustable straps and memory foam linings for optimum fit and customized comfort -- casual enough to slip on in a hurry, but stylish enough to make a statement.
"Your 2 Feet" offers three styles in the Berries collection that fit any occasion. The Clog, the signature style of the new line, will be available in several colors. Other styles include the Mary Jane and Slip-on.
“Most importantly, Berries are completely unrestrictive. They naturally conform to your feet, without any pressure or discomfort,” said Susan Ryder, Aetrex’s Women’s Product Director, who designed the line. “What’s more, the color palate includes lavender and orange as well as rich burgundy and olives that will capture customer’s attention.”
The Berries meet the goals of our mission at "Your 2 Feet". Our philosophy of offering pain relief, wellness and comfort is found in all of our products.
The Berries Collection will retail at $99 for these three styles and are available now at "Your 2 Feet" to add to your shoe wardrobe.

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Our mission is to offer you expert pain relieving advice 7 days a week focusing on getting you back to the activities you love. http://www.Your2Feet.com offers products from A-Z designed to relieve your foot, leg or back pain, a "One Stop Foot Shop". "Your 2 Feet", formerly Z-CoiL of Seattle, is the Seattle franchise for styles of the Z-CoiL Pain Relief Footwear. See our blog for testimonials http://www.Your2Feet.blogspot.com
Brands found here: Ryn, The Next Generation Rocker Sole; "Somnio, The Perfect Fit”; Crocs Rx.; Medical and diabetic shoes; Therapeutic, performance toe socks and supportive socks; shoelaces; treatment for athletes foot; biofreeze to relieve pain; four different kinds of arch supports/orthotics. A free I-step pressure analysis gives information to choose the right type of orthotic that we stock for your arch type. Laser stance and gait analyses can be evaluated to do a perfect fit in the "Somnio”. Custom orthotics are made by podiatrist.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bellevue Dermatologist Shares Z-CoiL Experience and Offers Timely Advice

Carla Bauman, MD is a repeat customer at "Your 2 Feet", formerly Z-CoiL of Seattle.

Dr. Bauman says: "As a dermatologist, I am on my feet for many hours per day. I specialize in treating skin cancer. I was looking for a solution for relieving my knee, back and neck pain that I get after a long work week."

Dr. Bauman found out about the Z-CoiL's from a long term friend who is a head and neck surgeon in Bellevue. Dr. Bauman says,"I got turned on to the Z-CoiL's 3 years ago and I have never looked back. My knee, back and neck pain are nearly resolved, unless I don't wear my Z-CoiLs."

She continues: "As of today, I now have 7 pairs of Z-CoiL styles: Mary Janes; with the purchase today I have 2 pairs of clogs (my dog chewed up my first pair); 2 pairs of Tias (T-strap) in black and blue; with my purchase today I have 2 pairs of the Z-breeze. I bought all of my shoes from "Your 2 Feet". My priority is comfort at the end of the day."

Dr. Bauman follows in the footsteps of her father's profession. He was a prominent dermatologist. She thinks he might have relieved so many of his back pain issues if he had worn the Z-CoiL's.

Dr. Bauman stresses the importance of having your skin professionally evaluated for suspicious signs of skin cancer. For instance this might be a mole or skin raised that shows any of the following characteristics:
1. Asymmetry (one side different than the other)
2. Borders irregular (not smooth borders)
3. Color variation (change in color)
4. Diameter greater than 6 mm.
5. Evolving (any change of any kind)
The best practice is to avoid the sun, wear a chemical free mineral based sunscreen on exposed areas, and use skin protection from the sun's damaging UV rays such a hat and/or an umbrella.

Dr. Bauman is an advocate for you to "Take care of your feet and your skin".

Carla Bauman, MD is accepting new patients for evaluation and treatment of skin cancer or cosmetic surgery.

Bel-Red Dermatology
1260 116th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Plantar Fascitis and Back Pain Relief For The Rice's

Jeff and Kathy came in to "Your 2 Feet", formerly Z-CoiL of Seattle, to buy their 7th and 3rd pair of Z-CoiL Pain Relief Footwear respectively.
Jeff has been wearing his Z-CoiL's for 10 years because they help relieve his back pain from disc deterioration.
Jeff has been working for 34 years as a machinist making bakery equipment for Belshaw Manufacturing. This work entails a lot of bending and, he says, "I got old". He wears his steel toe Z-Walkers at work.
Jeff has two years to retire and is looking forward to traveling the US in his RV. So far they have taken two week road trips to Arizona and other RV parks locally. Arizona was so hot on his Arizona trip the glue "let go" on the seams of his Z-walker shoes.
Jeff and Kathy live in Bonney Lake. Jeff first heard about the Z-CoiL's from his chiropractor who recommended them. He purchased his first pair of Z-CoiLs 10 years ago from the now closed Puyallup store. He tried the Z-CoiL's and "loved them". After a month adjustment period, he noticed the Z-CoiL Pain Relief Footwear helped his back. He says, " I recommend the Z-CoiLs to anyone who asks about them, like the sales clerks in stores. I tell them they really helped me and everyone should wear them. I wouldn't wear anything else."
The 6th and 7th pair he just bought are the Black Freedom athletic shoes and the sidewinder sandal. As mentioned earlier he owns the steel toe z-walkers and a few pairs without a steel toes.
Kathy Rice bought her first pair of Z-CoiL's one year ago when she saw how much relief her husband got and she was seeking relief. When she walks any distance she wears the Z-CoiL since they help relieve her plantar fascitis pain. She works in a refridgerated truck bending a lot on a ridged surface so she is unable to wear the shoes at work. She wanted a summer and a winter pair so she added a black freedom and a sidewinder sandal to her pain relief collection of Z-CoiL's.
Kathy and Jeff have discovered the pain relieving features of the Z-CoiL Pain Relief Footwear and are eager to share their story. Come tell us your experiences so we can add them to the growing list of success stories from "Your 2 Feet" located at the base of Capital Hill in Seattle-1201 Pine St. 206-838-7338

Sunday, August 08, 2010

QR Codes: Find Healthy Chocolate at Your 2 Feet

Geeks Unite With QR Codes...Snap It!

QR Code points to the url for viewing interviews of Your 2 Feet customers reactions to wearing their Z-coil footwear. Note that the white border is part of the encoding.A QR Code is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobiles phones with camera, and smartphones.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Evaluation and Prevention of Diabetic Neuropathy

Early findings and diagnoses can direct your podiatrist on the most expedient treatment and prevention of complications. When you notice that your foot feels "different", seek immediate attention, especially if you are a diabetic.

Diabetic Neuropathy is a debilitating disorder that occurs in nearly 50 percent of patients with diabetes. It is a late finding in type 1 diabetes but can be an early finding in type 2 diabetes. The primary types of diabetic neuropathy are sensorimotor and autonomic. Patients may present with only one type of diabetic neuropathy or may develop combinations of neuropathies (e.g., distal symmetric polyneuropathy and autonomic neuropathy). Distal symmetric polyneuropathy is the most common form of diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy also can cause motor deficits, silent cardiac ischemia, orthostatic hypotension, vasomotor instability, hyperhidrosis, gastroparesis, bladder dysfunction, and sexual dysfunction. Strict glycemic control and good daily foot care are key to preventing complications of diabetic neuropathy.

Diabetic neuropathy can affect any part of the nervous system. This nerve disorder should be suspected in all patients with type 2 diabetes and in patients who have had type 1 diabetes for more than five years. In some instances, patients with diabetic neuropathy have few complaints, but their physical examination reveals mild to moderately severe sensory loss. Idiopathic neuropathy has been found to precede the onset of type 2 diabetes or to occur as an early finding in the disease

If you have diabetes keep educated about proper foot care and check your feet daily.
Enroll in the Medicare Diabetic Shoe Program that allows for reimbursement for qualified diabetics and qualified shoes.
You should have an annual foot examination by a podiatrist or other health care professional.
Conveniently Dr. Kerch, ABPS certified and FACFS member,is accepting new patients. Due to her experience treating diabetic complications over the years, she is very invested in early diagnoses, prevention and treatment. Beginning with conservative care, she can begin the process of enrolling you in the Medicare Shoe Reimbursement Program. Since Dr. Kerch's Clinic is located behind the Your 2 Feet Pain Relief Shoe and Product Store (A-Z), you will have easy access to a vast array of qualified shoes to choose from.


Diabetic Serious Complication and Prevention

Rare Diabetes Foot Complication Becoming More Common
Few patients or care providers know about this limb-threatening foot condition, or its warning signs:

At first, Kim Schraeder didn't worry about the swelling in her left foot. After all, it was pulling double-duty while her other foot recovered from surgery.

"I have a high threshold for pain," she says. "It hurt to walk on it, but I didn't think it was serious."

Just a year earlier, doctors diagnosed the 48-year-old mother of four with diabetes. The recent surgery on her right foot corrected a bunion to prevent reoccurring diabetic ulcers. As Schraeder's bunion recovery moved forward, her left foot moved outwards. Her ankle bent inwards. The foot grew so swollen none of her shoes fit. The skin was warm and red. Schraeder started to worry.

During a follow-up visit with her podiatrist, she spoke up. Her doctor took one look and said, "We have a problem."

Schraeder was diagnosed with a rare diabetic complication called Charcot foot. It is estimated to affect less than one percent of people with diabetes. Now doctors with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons say Charcot foot's prevalence appears to be growing as more Americans get diabetes. Some worry that few patients - or their diabetes care providers - seem to know about this complication or its warning signs.

Charcot foot is a sudden softening of the foot's bones caused by severe neuropathy, or nerve damage, a common diabetic foot complication. It can trigger an avalanche of problems, including joint loss, fractures, collapse of the arch, massive deformity, ulcers, amputation, and even death. As the disorder progresses, the bottom of the foot can become convex, bulging like the hull of a ship. Since most people with Charcot cannot feel pain in their lower extremities, they continue walking on the foot, causing further injury.

Charcot cannot be reversed, but its destructive effects can be stopped if the complication is detected early.

The symptoms of Charcot foot appear suddenly. They include warm and red skin, swelling and pain. A person with diabetes who has a red, hot, swollen foot or ankle requires emergency medical care because these can also be symptoms of deep vein thrombosis or an infection.

Doctors say Charcot's ambiguous symptoms can lead to misdiagnosis. Since patients don't feel pain, doctors may presume the swelling is due to infection and prescribe antibiotics. Meanwhile the patient continues walking on a foot that is collapsing.

"More people with diabetes, their families and their care providers need to know about Charcot foot," says J. T. Marcoux. DPM, FACFAS, one of only a handful of Massachusetts foot and ankle surgeons who performs Charcot foot reconstructions. "When I diagnose a patient with this complication, I telephone their primary care doctor and educate them about it as well."

Schraeder says no one told her about Charcot. "It was not even in my vocabulary," she says. "If someone had educated me, I think I would have been more aware that I had a major problem."

But educating patients and their care providers is only half the battle. Keith Jacobson, DPM, FACFAS is the Houston foot and ankle surgeon who diagnosed and reconstructed Schraeder's Charcot foot. He and Marcoux say there's little they can do when patients are apathetic or in "diabetic denial."

"I've had patients who are literally blind, on dialysis and neuropathic who refuse to admit they have diabetes," says Jacobson. "I have seen horrific deformities with this condition."

Marcoux tells of a middle-aged woman he diagnosed with Charcot. Typically the first order of business is to immobilize the foot by putting the patient in a boot or cast, and to keep the patient off the foot by using crutches or a wheelchair. Marcoux says his patient was "in massive denial" about her Charcot diagnosis.

"I tried to get her off the foot, but she wouldn't do it" he says, "Six months later she came in with a bone infection and a gaping hole in her foot."

Foot and ankle surgeons expect to see more patients like that as diabetes rates soar.

Today, Schraeder is back to walking on both feet. Three months after her Charcot diagnosis, she underwent reconstructive surgery. Her recovery included spending three months in a "halo" external fixator where a series of pins and screws are placed into the bones and connected to clamps and rods outside the skin. She then wore a custom shoe boot for nearly a year.

The experience taught her four children to appreciate their mother a lot more, since all the cooking, cleaning, and laundry fell on their shoulders.

"They're all like hawks now," she says. "If I'm sitting here with bare feet, they'll look to make sure they're not red, hot and swollen."

Conveniently Dr. Kerch, ABPS certified and FACFS member, is accepting new patients. Due to her experience treating diabetic complications over the past 28 years, she is very invested in early diagnoses, prevention and treatment. Beginning with conservative care, she can begin the process of enrolling you in the Medicare Shoe Reimbursement Program. Since Dr. Kerch's Clinic is located behind the Your 2 Feet Pain Relief Shoe and Product Store (A-Z), you will have easy access to a vast array of qualified shoes to choose from.

Diabetic Self-Exam and Dr. Kerch Starts Your Process for Medicare Shoe Reimbursement Program

Foot Care For Diabetics
A regular self-exam will show indications for further follow-up:

1. Balance. A good test for balance involves standing on one foot, with your arms out to the side and your eyes closed. If you are less than 30 years old, you should be able to balance for 15 seconds, 30-40 years old for 12 seconds, 40-50 years old for 10 seconds and over 50 years old for seven seconds. This can be improved with exercises.

2. Circulation. Look at the color of your toes. Are they red, pink, purple or blue? Press down on the nail of your big toe until the color blanches. Now let go and allow the blood flow to return to your toe. The return of normal color should take 2-5 seconds in a person with average circulation.
At Your 2 Feet you can choose from the Jobst styles of support stockings. Support stockings are to be put on first thing in the morning so the compression will help pump the circulation back to your heart all day long. If you have haven't tried Jobst support hose yet, they are different than other brands of support hose.

3. Flexibility. How flexible are your toes? Try to pick up a marble or a small dish towel. To test your ankle flexibility, hang your heel off of a stair. Now let the heel go below the level of the stair. If this causes pain, stop the test. If your heel goes below the level of the stair without causing strain in your calf, that is a goof sign. If there is some strain, this can be improved with flexibility exercises.

4.Pain. There should be no pain in the average foot.

5. Sensation. Take a pencil eraser and lightly run it on the top, bottom and both sides of your feet. The sensation should feel equal in all quadrants. It may tickle on the bottom of the feet. That is normal. The last paragraph outlines how Dr. Kerch works with Your 2 Feet in fitting you with the proper diabetic footwear.

6. Skin. Check your skin for calluses, blisters or areas of irritation. Stand next to your shoes. Are they shaped like your feet or are they causing areas of constriction that may result in calluses, blisters or irritation? Put your hand inside your shoe. Are there seams, tacks or rough places in the shoe that correspond to the areas of irritation, calluses or blisters on your feet?

The following items may result in burns and you should NOT be using:
A. Hot tap water or super-heated water from the "Insta hot" faucet used on towels which are wrapped in additional layers of towels, chucks, or blankets.

B. Towels, rice packs or anything else heated in the microwave that is intended for food (temperature limit is not controlled; it’s also a fire risk).

C. A disposable latex glove filled with hot tap water. Even if mixed with cold tap water, the glove can burst and spill on the patient causing a burn.

7. If you have diabetes, keep educated about proper foot care and check your feet daily.
You should have an annual foot examination by a podiatrist or other health care professional.

Conveniently Dr. Kerch, ABPS certified and FACFS member is accepting new patients. Due to her experience treating diabetic complications over the years, she is very invested in early diagnoses, prevention and treatment. Beginning with conservative care, she can begin the process of enrolling you in the Medicare Shoe Reimbursement Program. Since Dr. Kerch's Clinic is located behind the Your 2 Feet Pain Relief Shoe and Product Store (A-Z), you will have easy access to a vast array of qualified shoes to choose from.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Fitflop "Trunk Show"

Come Join us tommorrow Aug 3 for a very special event!

The representative from Fitflop, Candace, will be with us from 11AM-1PM, although she may stay until 3PM.

She will be giving a free pedometer with every fitflop purchase.

Come see all the fun styles that exercise your legs when you walk with them.

As an added incentive enjoy $10.00 off each fitflop purchase tommorrow! Now's the time to stock up on your Fitflop's.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Donald Bordner Now Has 16 Pairs of Z-CoiL's!

If Your 2 Feet had a Hall of Fame, Don would be named to it.

Pictured is our customer of the month Don Bordner, a 75 year old called by his co-workers Don Juan. He charms the elderly woman at the dances he goes to. One of the women said, "I've got a live one!."

With the 3 new pairs of shoes he just bought here, he has 16 pairs of Z-CoiL's. Today he bought 2 pairs of Santa Fe's and a pair of Taos Zipper shoes. His first pair was purchased when Z-CoiL first came to this area. He met Al Gallegos, the Z-CoiL inventor, at the Bellevue stores grand opening. (Bellevue's Z-CoiL store closed).

The variety of Z-CoiL's is for the opera, dancing, driving metro buses, walking, and running around Greenlake.

He is a role model for graceful aging. His secret? He credits Z-CoiL's and tells all his co-workers Z-CoiL's are why his knees don't give out and why he has more zip than men half his age.

As a metro bus driver he is required to wear his Z-CoiL's with covered coils (all Z-CoiL shoes with open coils can be converted to covered coils). The "official policy" of Metro says- No self-respecting bus driver would be allowed to show his springs. Until the Z-CoiL wearing bus drivers took Metro to civil court, they were not allowed to wear the Z-CoiL's at all. They were concerned the coils might get caught in the pedal. Don says," We drive with our toes, so why is there a problem?"

Don is the Renaissance man epitomizing we are as young as our heart.

Tante Barruga Visits Seattle From Oahu

Graduates from Oahu Celebrate 40 Year High School Graduation

Tante came to Seattle to catch the Alaska cruise ship. He traveled with a group celebrating their 40th class reunion. They all graduated from Farrington High School in Oahu.

What is a trip to Seattle without stopping in to see what's up with Your 2 Feet. He needed summer sandals that breathe. He left with a pair of Fitflops. Fitflops have the wobbleboard technology that allows for extra circulation and muscle action during gait. Trim those buns!

Somnio Expands Product Styles

Cory, the Somnio representative for this region, stopped by to show ALL the choices of Somnio brand shoes available. Currently we carry three lines of the athletic shoe for men and for women.
The adjustable aspects of the shoe is what makes it so unique.

The whole process, including insertion of parts into the shoe, takes just a few minutes. The result is a fully assembled, customized shoe that you can walk away with.

The Somnio fit process works in 5 easy steps:
1.The individual stands on our patented Line-Up device.
2.The fitter adjusts the varus until the knee is aligned.
3.The fitter uses the arch ball to select the correct footbed.
4.The fitter uses the chart to select the correct Ind-X inserts.
5.Then, the fitter slides the F.E.A.T system into the shoe for the individual to try.

The Line Up Measuring Device is our patented fitting tool.

Judy Ackerman is a Loyal Everett Customer

Judy came from No. Everett to shop at Your 2 Feet, formerly Z-CoiL of Seattle. She's been wearing Z-CoiL's for 5 years, but also wears our medical grade crocs. She went to Ballard for her first pair of Z-CoiL's, the Freedom Black. Last year she came to Your 2 Feet to purchase a pair of Mary Jane's. Added to her collection is a black sandal. Her discovery of how the shoes work was from people wearing them. She stopped to ask about them and where they got them. Pam came with her today and bought a pair of Z-CoiL's.

She's been a loyal Fred Meyer employee in the garden center for 8 years. After an injury and when arthritis set in her hands she had work only seasonally 4 years ago. She fell into her home rockery 4 years ago and split open her right leg. The hand injury was extensive with many complications in healing. Back injuries make her have a touchy "slippery" disc.

She says, "The leg and back pain cleared up after I started wearing Z-CoiL's. They helped me reduce impact so my back pain went to zero. Z-CoiL's help strengthen my inner core muscles. I feel elated because of the spring in my step." Her interest in the Z-CoiL's was also spurred from a search for a remedy for the pain in the side of her right foot. The muscle stiffness went away with the Z-CoiL's. Massage and orthotics did not seem to help much.

She continues," I refer people to Your 2 Feet 3-6 times a week at Fred Meyer because people ask about them. I sometimes get off the wall comments like-What's with the shoes?. I explain what the Z-CoiL's do for you, how they have helped me over time including the side and bottom of my right foot."

Thanks Judy for being such a loyal customer, for coming from so far, and for showing your friend Pam a way toward better health.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

A Winning Strategy: Don't Play Through Pain

Timely treatment and rehabilitation key to proper healing
Sometimes athletes can be their own worst enemy especially when they continue to play following an injury to a foot or ankle. To ensure proper recovery from an injury, athletes should seek a proper diagnosis, prompt treatment and full healing and rehabilitation.

Athletes often misunderstand how serious an injury can be and try to rush back into competition without appropriate treatment and rehabilitation. Some of the most difficult cases seen by foot and ankle surgeons are those in which athletes have continued to play after an injury. Orlando, Florida, foot and ankle surgeon, Robert Duggan, DPM, FACFAS, says, “Athletes often make the mistake of ignoring what seems like a minor foot or ankle injury because they are able to walk. Serious injuries can exist even when the foot or ankle is able to accept weight or pressure.”

One such injury involves the Lisfranc joint, on the top of the foot. It’s possible to walk with a Lisfranc injury, but this can lead to damage to the soft tissues of the foot or even chronic conditions such as arthritis. “Sometimes the pain of this injury is mistaken for an ankle sprain, but treatment for the two conditions is very different,” Dr. Duggan comments.

Another injury that may be overlooked is a fracture of the fifth metatarsal—the bone that runs along the outer side of the foot. This can accompany an ankle sprain, or the athlete may think it’s a sprain. However, this injury is difficult to heal, and continuing to participate in sports will make it worse.

Playing with pain is never a good strategy for athletes. Prompt treatment is. “Foot and ankle surgeons can determine the best course of treatment for the specific injury and help get athletes back into the game,” Dr. Duggan comments.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Toenail fungus treatment

Although toenail fungus can be little bit difficult to treat, there are some treatment options for curing them. Fungal infections on nail are sometimes difficult to be cured you will probably have to take a treatment, sometimes for up to six months, because fungus is found under the nail and can be hard to reach. we must choose the appropriate treatment option so that we immediately get rid of toenail fungus. Here are 6 treatment options that can be selected to treat nail fungus.

1. Oral medications

In the past, Griseofulvin (Fulvicin), a toxic drug, is the only medicine that has recognized the benefits of treating nail fungus infections. Now there are other oral antifungal drugs that can cure toenail infections. These are Itraconazole (Sporanox), Fluconazole (Diflucan) and Terbinafine (Lamisil). These drug help a new nail grow healthy which is free from infections and replaces the infected area of your nail. They are usually taken from six to twelve months and you will not be able to see the results until after the toenail grows back completely.

2. Antifungal Creams and Antifungal Solutions

Antifungal creams are one of the most common toenail fungal treatments. They can be over the counter or prescription medicine which you can apply directly over the infected area of the nails. Antifungal creams are used for mild to moderate stages of toenail fungus infections and can be be combined with oral medications for a more effective cure. Recommendations include using a nail varnish or use tea tree oil that kills the fungal infection. Here at Your 2 Feet, formerly Z-CoiL of Seattle, we stock Gordochom solution and Fungasoap which is Tea Tree Oil offered without a prescription. Often oral Lamisil can be crushed in the Gordochom to make it more potent. This is a prescription you can get from Dr. Kerch. A urea cream applied under occlusion can also battle the fungus over time.

3. Vicks Vapo Rub

Vicks vapo rub has been used to be home remedy for toenail fungus. However, no scientific studies have been showed evidence to validate this claim even if there are some people who said that it is effective to cure nail fungus.

4. Antifungal Nail Polish

For mild to moderate fungal infections, Dr. Kerch or your family podiatrist might prescribe an antifungal nail polish called Ciclopirox. You paint it on your infected toenails as you would an ordinary nail polish. Do this everyday for seven days then wipe it all off and start with fresh applications. Use of Ciclopirox on a daily basis for one year has been shown to cure toenail fungal infections.

5. Surgical Nail Removal

For recurring and severe stage of toenail fungus, surgical nail removal may be the best treatment option. The infected nail is removed and an antifungal cream is used to treat the infected area. Because the area of infection is exposed, antifungal cream can kill toenail fungus more effective.

6. Laser treatment

Currently under consideration by the FDA is a laser treatment that will "resolve" the fungus. It is a this promising new treatment. However the cost is $200-$500 and is not reimbursed by insurance companies. This may be prohibitive to some. It accomplishes the same result as having the nail debrided in the office. It will recur unless the underlying problem at the base of the nail is addressed.

Whichever treatment you prefer to use, will depend on stages of toenail fungus. For beginning stages of toenail fungus, home remedy with topical creams will be okay. However, it is always best to consult your podiatrist to get an accurate diagnosis and best treatment option for toenail fungus.

If you do not already have a podiatrist you can make an appointment with Dr. Kerch.
•If your nail infection doesn’t bother you, you may wish to leave it alone. This option may lead to a spread or worsening of the nail condition.

Gordochom Topical Antifungal Found at Z-CoiL of Seattle

Gordochom Topical Antifungal
by Gordon Labs
Found at Z-CoiL of Seattle

Indications: Gordon Labs' premier topical antifungal. Cures athlete's foot (tinea pedis) and ringworm (tinea corporis).

ACTIVE Ingredient: Undecylenic Acid 25% w/v, an effective fungistatic agent.
OTHER Ingredients: Chloroxylenol (3%) and a penetrating oily base.

DESCRIPTION: A nonstaining, time-tested formula that is effective for many topical fungal conditions, containing:

Undecylenic Acid: A colorless to pale yellow liquid. It is insoluble in water and soluble in Alcohol, Chloroform and Ether.
Chloroxylenol: A topical antiseptic, germicide and antifungal agent.
PHARMACOLOGY: Undecylenic Acid is a fungistatic agent employed in the treatment of tinea pedis, ringworm and dermatophytosis. Chloroxylenol is a topical antiseptic, germicide and antifungal agent effective against a wide variety of causative fungi and yeast organisms. Among those affected by chloroxylenol are candida albicans, aspergillus niger, aspergillus flavus, trichophyton rubrum, trichophyton mentagrophytes, penicillum luteum and epidermophyton floccosum. The penetrating oil base vehicle serves as a delivery system, enhancing the impregnation of Undecylenic Acid and Chloroxylenol as antimicrobial agents.

CONTRAINDICATIONS/WARNINGS: Gordochom is contraindicated in patients who are sensitive to Undecylenic Acid or Chloroxylenol. Not for ophthalmic or optic use. Avoid inhaling and contact with eyes or other mucous membranes. Not to be applied over blistered, raw or oozing areas of skin or over deep puncture wounds. For external use only. Keep out of the reach of children. If a reaction suggesting sensitivity or chemical irritation should occur with the use of Gordochom, treatment should be discontinued. Use of Gordochom in pregnancy has not been established. This product is not effective on the scalp or nails. Adverse Reactions: No significant adverse reactions have been reported. However, attention should be paid to localized hypersensitivity.

DIRECTIONS: Cleanse and dry affected areas. Apply a thin application twice a day (morning and night) to the affected area. For toenail fungus, the need for use of this solution for an extended period of time may be necessary. For athlete's foot, pay special attention to the spaces between the toes; wear well-fitting ventilated shoes, and change shoes and socks at least once daily. For athlete's foot and ringworm, use daily for 4 weeks. If condition persists longer, consult a physician.

HOW SUPPLIED: Unbreakable 1 oz bottle with special brush applicator.

DR. Kerch's Comments: "Gordochom does not have an "Indication" for the treatment of fungus toenails and it has not been proved to be effective against fungus toenails. I have been told that the manufacturer would have a significant expense to pursue FDA testing in order to obtain this indication. It would not be worth the expense to do so. This being said, I have recommended Gordochom for the treatment of fungus toenails. Please be aware that the antifungal in Gordochom is fungistatic, meaning that it prevents the spread of fungus, but does not kill it. Therefore, since a toenail can take 9 months to a year to grow out, it may take this long to see noticeable improvement. Ironically, Gordochom is indicated for the treatment of athlete's foot, but I hardle ever use it for that. I prescribe crushing three Lamisil tablets into the solution to strengthen the effectiveness."

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

5 Ways to Combat Knee Pain and Your 2 Feet Products to Help

The knee is a very complex joint, and most of us will experience some kind of knee pain. If you pay special attention to strengthening your core muscles, watching your weight and taking care of your feet, you may be able to ease that pain. Click the title for a link to a helpful article

Your feet are your foundation. When our feet travel straight ahead, the knee joints and hip joints work properly. The problem is that most of us are like cars that are out of alignment. If the foot twists outward or inward as we walk, it pulls our knees, hips and back joints out of alignment. Getting the right shoes and the right support can go a long way toward protecting your knees.

Now You Can Truly Have The Perfect Fit. Your 2 Feet of Seattle Introduces The Somnio Running Shoe

Your 2 Feet, formerly Z-CoiL of Seattle, will be introducing Somnio, the Perfect Fit.

Finding the Perfect Fit

Beyond shoe size and pronation: How to truly customize a shoe

Somnio Running

Somnio is founded on the principle that running shoes should adapt to the individual runner and improve biomechanics. Every runner is different, and we believe that every pair of running shoes should be different, too, so building a platform can make that possible.
The Line Up Measuring Device is a patented fitting tool.
The biomechanic design is a result of a partnership with the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine. The runner stands barefoot upon the Line-Up, and you use the adjustable slides to easily determine:
which footbed fits the runner’s arch
which cushion is appropriate for their weight and running surface
which Varus Wedge inserts best align the foot and lower leg
Step 1: Line-Up Device

Standing barefoot alignment assessment:
The shoe fitter measures Arch height (Low, Normal, High)
Measuring the amount of Pronation (Neutral, Mild, Moderate, Significant) Supinators should be placed in the Runaissance model to encourage any pronation possible
Cushioning select based on body weight.
The runner does a single leg squat on the Line Up Measuring Device:
Fitter adjusts leveling of your feet on Line Up Device
Fitter finds your level of pronation to reach alignment (neutral-mild, moderate, significant pronation).
Runner places heel against heel cup in most comfortable fit, This allows the inherent tibial torsion of the lower leg (degree varies between people) to place the foot naturally vs. forcing the foot straight forward and imposing an internal rotation of the knee/femur.
Fitter lines up laser on middle of patella.
You, the runner, perform a single leg squat (1/3 knee bend) while person looks straight forward so as not to influence alignment results.
You perform a few repetitions of the squat so the fitter can assess typical running patterns.
Step 2: Adjust Varus
The fitter will adjust the Varus using our patented Line-Up device.
The fitter will adjust the balance of the Line Up Device to optimize the alignment of the laser tracking on your patella.
Step 3: Use Arch Ball

In this step we will select your ideal arch height based on:
General visual assessment of arch height (Low, Normal, High).
Historical tolerance of arch support (this is determined during your initial questioning).
Right and left can be different.
Step 4: Select Components

We will use the Durometer Gauge, your general weight and the Varus setting to select your correct inserts.
Durometer will initially be based on body weight or injury needs and then be adjusted to accommodate for the intangible “feel” that you are seeking.
Firmer durometer in the forefoot can assist in pronation control.
Individuals that “catapult” from outer heel to excessive pronation may benefit from 45-55 durometer in the heel to slow the speed of transition.
Step 5: Shoe Trial

Place the Functionally Engineered Adaptable Tricomponent [FEAT] System into the shoe.

Shoe Trial

We will use our skills to make specific adjustments to get the best shoe fit. Then we will make any necessary adjustments based on how the shoe actually fits and feels.

Our first priority is addressing any alignment needs with appropriate canting changes.
We will modify the durometer of the inserts to provide a good balance between comfort/feel and injury needs.
Arch Height: This is typically a straight forward decision