Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Biotrek Can Be Found Now at "Your 2 Feet"

Bio-Trek is a revolutionary new breed of HYBRID footwear. By combining cushioning, style and support, these shoes help you go the distance--wherever life takes you!.

Incredibly soft, yet resilient cushioning reduces impact to your whole body from the ground up. You'll feel like you're walking on a cloud all day long. PLUS, Built-in orthotic support cradles, protects and stabilizes your foot from your heel to your toes. You'll stand taller and straighter, with renewed energy in every step.
Hybrid Footwear: 1+1=3· As “hybrid” is to a new generation of cars, so Bio-Trek represents a revolutionary new breed of footwear, combining two different elements to create a desirable synergy. In other words, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.o Shoe + orthotic o Cushioning + support = “Do it all” or “Go farther” footwearo Strength + softnesso Work + play Go farther… · By giving you all the foundational support and comfort you need, Bio-Trek shoes help you perform at your peak, to do more and go farther than you ever dreamed you could.

Hybrid Footwear: 1+1=3

· As “hybrid” is to a new generation of cars, so Bio-Trek represents a revolutionary new breed of footwear, combining two different elements to create a desirable synergy. In other words, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

o Shoe + orthotic

o Cushioning + support = “Do it all” or “Go farther” footwear

o Strength + softness

o Work + play

Go farther…

· By giving you all the foundational support and comfort you need, Bio-Trek shoes help you perform at your peak, to do more and go farther than you ever dreamed you could.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ginnie and Dann Garber Really Believe in These Shoes

Dann Garber has worked in the front end register at Costco. He stands on concrete 8 hours a day. He had 2 foot surgeries.
For one and a half years he was hobbling around, especially at the end of the day, with lots of foot pain.
Dann saw someone in the store wearing them and decided to try them after that person told him how the Z-CoiL footwear helped him.
Dann went online to find us 6-8 months ago. He stepped in the Z-CoiLs and has worn them since that day. He doesn't hobble anymore nor does he have to use the mats to stand.
Ginnie and Dan have been married for 21 years. She says"He couldn't walk up the stairs and it was hard for him to get to work. It's like living with a totally different person since he's been wearing the shoes. He's cheerful now. It's absolutely amazing."
Ginnie bought a pair of titanium colored gladiator style sandals for her trip to Hawaii. They are going on a 14 day cruise leaving from LA to all the Hawaiian islands.
Dann owns a black pair, and his third pair this purchase is a white freedom.

Victoria Buys Two More Pairs in 6 Years

Victoria has been wearing the Z-Coil footwear for the past 6 years. She was born with a birth defect that rotated her hips. Over time this developed into back pain. Rather than have surgery, Victoria heard about the shoes from a woman she met.
The woman told her how she was going to have to quit working and volunteering because of her back pain. Both women obtained back pain relief with the footwear.
Victoria had to have her coils adjusted to compensate for her rotated hips. By rotating her coils into a new tension setting, her hip torque was now better aligned.
Victoria took a lot of cards to hand out to people who ask about the shoes. She recommends Z-CoiLs to everyone who is suffering from back pain.
Her z-coils are pictured with a neighborhood hamburger restaurant sign. Make time to eat at one of several great neighboring restaurants when you come to buy your Z-CoiL footwear.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Jill Andreotti Buys Her 21st Pair

We wanted to do a follow-up to the January post on Jill.
Jill's plantar fascitis began when she was 20 years old. Her heel pain was relentless. She says, "I was on crutches for years and years." Her symptoms began after wearing inappropriate shoes while playing sports- softball, basketball, tennis, and more.
For the next 10 years she had tried electrodes and different medicine for her feet.
When she was 30 years old she came to see Dr. Kerch. As mentioned in the January article, she successfully underwent shockwave therapy. She was among the first in Seattle to wear the Z-CoiL pain relief shoes in 2003. She wears the Z-CoiL shoes "all the time" except for weddings (rarely a pump). She even wears the Z-CoiLs playing tennis.
Jill has worked as a medical technologist for the past 20 years. This occupation has allowed her a flexible lifestyle. She has chosen to live in Seattle working at Harborview and at Children's UW for awhile. She went to Portland for a time and is currently living in Yakima. Jill is excited to be in her second semester at WSU to get her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, graduating as a RN+.
Jill is an amazing success story and advocate for the Z-CoiL shoes. She has 21 pairs of Z-COiL now. Today she purchased the new Bella style.
She likes to have many different styles in order to be ready for her diverse activities. After all these years her gray Zuecos need to be replaced. She also owns two pairs of Mary Janes (grey and black). She has 7 pairs of clogs in 3 different colors. She owns a pair of boots and several athletic Freedom styles.
When folks ask her about the shoes she says, "They saved my life. I might still be on crutches if it wasn't for the shockwave therapy and the Z-CoiL footwear."

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Margaret East Finds Cancer Pain Relief With Z-CoiLs

Margaret East was referred to Your 2 Feet from her podiatrist Dr. Ichikawa. She was suffering from Achilles tendinitis, bone spurs on both Achilles, and knee problems. She's had 5 knee soft tissue bursae removals, and plica membrane syndrome in both knees four years ago. The resulting arthritis was limiting her activities and reducing her quality of life.
When Margaret started wearing the Z-CoiL shoes she felt they saved her from being limited to a wheelchair.
Margaret E. bought her first pair of Z-CoiLs three years ago. She purchased the black Taos Clog. Although she liked the easy access in and out of the shoes, she wanted the shoe to be more secure to her foot when she was walking. She did a clever modification to her black taos clog to make it more secure to her foot. She bought a velcro strap from a hardware store to apply over the top of the shoe. This converted her clog to function more like a Mary Jane type of shoe.
The Taos Clog style has advantages at the airport because of easy removal at security. She has had to make frequent trips to the cancer clinic which requires her to slip her shoes off every day to be weighed. Last year she bought two pairs of sandals for the same reason.

Since January of 2008 Margaret has been undergoing chemotherapy for late stage ovarian cancer. Fortunately she is currently in remission with the use of anti-estrogen drugs.
Margaret is a volunteer this year at the Marsha Rivkin Ovarian Cancer Research Center summer run (associated with Swedish Hospital). This annual fundraiser is July 24. For more information please visit their website at www.summerun.org. Margaret invites you to join her team "Musical Margaret".

Margaret has a wealth of information on what causes cancer. I did some research on paraneoplastic syndrome that she mentioned. For more information on how this affects the proteins in your blood which causes joint pain, etc. you can review wikipedia for starters:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraneoplastic_syndrome. Chemotherapy apparently slows down some of these processes, but she still has joint pain and dizziness.
Because of the dizziness she gets from the chemotherapy, Margaret decided to invest in the covered coils. This avoids the tripping hazard around cables and cords. She also likes the look of the enclosed coils. At this most recent visit she bought the Taos Clog strap with the enclosed coils.
When people approach her asking about the Z-CoiL's she's happy to share her experience with them. " The Z-CoiL shoes saved me from a wheelchair. The shoes reduce the impact so I don't get the pain in my heels and knees. The pain used to keep me from walking. Now, wearing the Z-CoiL shoes, I can walk one mile. When I went to Disneyworld, I walked 8 hours a day two weeks ago wearing the Z-CoiL sandal."
The women tell her the sandals are so cute-where did you get them? She tells them about Your 2 Feet. We are located at the bottom of Capital Hill, 1201 Pine St. Seattle 98101. 206-838-7338.
We are so grateful for patrons like Margaret. Her story is so heartwarming. We are proud to have contributed in any way to providing her pain relief.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Foot and Ankle Injuries Plague Dancing Celebrities

Bethesda, MD - Ever-popular television show Dancing with the Stars is now missing one more star. Tom DeLay, current contestant and former House Majority Leader, has offically left the show after being diagnosed with stress fractures in both feet. DeLay is one of many celebrities who have dealt with foot problems on the show. Early treatment and proper medical attention from a foot and ankle expert, a podiatrist, can keep the stars—or anyone—dancing all season long. "Like all rigorous, physical activities, dancing poses an injury risk to the foot and ankle, especially when it’s done for an extended amount of time on a daily basis," said APMA President Ronald D. Jensen, DPM. "There are simple steps that can be taken to prevent foot injuries from occurring and also treatments available to speed healing time and get one back on the dance floor." The love of dance that’s hit the country due to the show’s popularity may have inspired some personal twirls and twists around the kitchen floor. Before trying anything too advanced, take heed of the following podiatrist-approved advice so that you’re not seeing stars: •Always progress slowly at any new activity or sport. •Wear shoes specifically for the activity. •Stop at the first sign of pain, and immediately visit a podiatrist if sudden and severe pain is felt. Some of the most memorable Dancing with the Stars contestants, their foot ailments and proper treatment methods are: Tom DeLay: Foot Stress Fractures. Stress fractures usually occur from overuse. Repeated impact or stresses on the bone can lead to a small crack and continued activity on the injured foot can cause the small fracture to penetrate completely through the bone. Pain and swelling will often indicate a pre-stress fracture and appropriate treatment at this stage age may avoid a complete stress fracture. Treatment from a podiatrist is imperative to minimize healing time. Misty-May Treanor: Ruptured Achilles Tendon. The Achilles tendon runs from the heel to the calf and while it’s the thickest and strongest tendon in the body, explosive activities such as jumping can be to blame for the rupture of the Achilles. The tendon is "ruptured" when a complete tear has taken place right above the ankle. There may be warning signs prior to the rupture including pain and swelling – early treatment by a podiatrist may avoid a rupture. Lance Bass: Broken Toe. Broken toes are not uncommon in the sports world; they can occur from trauma or repetitive movement. Swelling, stiffness, bruising and even a deformed shape may indicate a broken toe. A podiatrist will take x-rays to confirm the break and then prescribe appropriate treatment. In serious cases taping, casting or surgery may be necessary. Kristi Yamaguchi: Ankle Injury. Ankle injuries, including sprains, most commonly occur when the ankle rolls outward, caused by activities done both during dancing and everyday life. There are varying degrees of an ankle sprain, and treatment from a podiatrist is always recommended. Implement the R.I.C.E. treatment for a sprain as soon as possible: * Rest - do not walk on the ankle. * Ice - keeps swelling down. * Compression - bandages can immobilize the ankle preventing further damage. * Elevation - place the ankle above the heart as much as possible within the first 48 hours of injury. For more foot health information, visit www.apma.org. Founded in 1912, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) is the nation's leading and recognized professional organization for doctors of podiatric medicine (DPMs). DPMs are podiatric physicians and surgeons, also known as podiatrists, qualified by their education, training and experience to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and structures of the leg. The medical education and training of a DPM includes four years of undergraduate education, four years of graduate education at an accredited podiatric medical college and two or three years of hospital residency training. APMA has 53 state component locations across the United States and its territories, with a membership of close to 12,000 podiatrists.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Shared Online Experience and Shared Z-CoiL Experiences Unite This Couple

Ryan and Sherri Rominger have been married for four years. Ryan has been wearing Z-CoiL shoes for seven years, Sherri for four years.
Ryan had suffered a ruptured disc and Sherri had a spinal fusion in 2006. They both had started playing more online gaming because of their back pain. Sparks flew between them when they met through the same World of Warcraft guild. A guild is an in-game association of player characters. Guilds are formed to make grouping and raiding easier and more rewarding, as well as to form a social atmosphere in which to enjoy the game.

Ryan was working at the library system in Santa Cruz before he met Sherri. After meeting her in the same War of Warcraft guild online, he decided to move to Seattle. They got married shortly thereafter.
Sherri found out about the Z-CoiL shoes from Ryan. She says, "The Z-CoiL shoes were the first thing I noticed about Ryan when we met in person." Sherri came to buy her third pair of Z-CoiL shoes from our store at 1201 Pine St. at the base of Capital Hill in Seattle, 206-838-7338.
Sherri's first pair of Z-CoiL shoes was a pair of gray Zueco clogs four years ago. Two years ago she bought a second pair of Z-CoiL shoes, the gray Freedom athletic type shoes. This latest purchase is a pair of black Taos Clogs.
Sherri works at Labcore. Because the Z-CoiL shoes helped relieve her back pain she is able to stand on her feet 8 hours a day at work.
Ryan heard about the Z-CoiL shoes from a nurse friend seven years ago. He purchased his first pair at that time in California. He found the Z-CoiL shoes relieved his back pain and was ready to share his favorable experience with Sherri when they met.
Both Sherri and Ryan state they experienced immediate back pain relief upon wearing the Z-CoiL shoes. With each new pair of shoes, Sherri feels the same level of relief after a period of break-in with her new Z-CoiL shoes as she did with her first pair. Even though the coils appear the same, after a year or two a replacement is recommended due to fatigue of the coil action.
When people approach Sherri inquiring about the Z-CoiL shoes she says, "They either want to know if the shoes really helped her back pain; or they comment that they like the way the shoes look."
This 21st century romance began online. They are further united because of their shared experience of back pain relieved by Z-CoiL footwear.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

What Size Toes Fit in Performance Injinji Toesocks?


Q: What’s the advantage of Toe Socks?
A: The key design principal in the development of the Tetratsok was to create the best possible interface that allowed the entire foot to perform naturally and freely inside our shoes, just like being barefoot. Everything about the conventional tube sock works against your feet’s natural form and function. Consider the difference between gloves and mittens: Mittens keep your fingers together to create a warmer, oven-like environment, while gloves offer less warmth but more dexterity. The same principles can be applied to our feet. Conventional tube style socks force your toes to work together as one unit creating heat and moisture build up, unprotected skin on skin friction and reduces healthy air and blood circulation to the foot. Why have we been wearing mittens on our feet all this time?

The human foot has toes to facilitate proper balance, posture, stability and grip. Each series of Injinji patented tetratsoks are specifically designed to enable your entire foot to perform naturally and efficiently from your heel to five toes inside your shoe. By providing a restriction free environment, your toes are able to become activated, providing you with increased dexterity, tactile sensitivity and allowing them to perform as they were intended. In addition, the flat knit weave and seamless construction of the Tetratsok means there is nothing to rub or irritate the foot within the shoe providing an excellent interface to prevent common foot problems from developing; blisters, hotspots, moisture build-up, transference of fungal conditions and neuromas caused by improper footwear and athletic form.

Q: Doesn’t it feel funny having something between your toes?
A:You will definitely notice a new sensation when you first slip on your Tetratsok as your body and mind is not accustomed to the luxury of having individual compartments for your toes. This sensation soon dissipates much like putting your watch on the other arm; you know it’s there for the first few minutes then your body becomes accustomed to it. You will soon feel that separating the toes prove to be exceptionally comfortable.


Q: Are they hard to get on?
A:Compared to a normal tube style sock, when fitting straight out of the packaging it will take you approximately
10 – 20 seconds longer to properly fit the Tetratsok. This is due to the toe compartments being flat and yet to form to your particular toe shape. Once you have worn and washed your socks once or twice you will find that the sock material has a memory and your toes will slide into the pockets with relative ease.


Q: My toes are a funny shape, will they fit?
A: We have seen short toes, long toes, fat toes, skinny toes, overlapping toes and even a variety of each on the one foot! However, the Lycra component of the sock uniquely allows the Tetratsok to conform and mould to the myriad of different toe shapes and sizes.


What’s the difference between the Performance and Outdoor Series?
Each series of the Tetratsok is designed with the same patented AIS technology. The primary difference being the Performance Series uses 70% CoolMax to provide the exceptional cool, moisture wicking properties of the sock. The Outdoor Series utilizes the natural fibers of Australian Merino Wool to provide a transeasonal sock that keeps your skin temperature refreshingly cool in summer and warm in winter.


Q: I am a men’s 10.5 foot, which size should I wear; medium or large?
A: Sizes that lie in between two sizes (As Above), we recommend sizing up to the next size (ie) 11 or Large.


Q: Wouldn’t Toe Socks be hot?
A: Conventional Tube style socks act like mittens on your feet creating an oven like environment. On the contrary, separating the toes significantly increases the flow of air between the toes and forefoot. This combined with the breath ability and moisture wicking properties of CoolMax provides an extremely dry and cool interface.


Q: What does Injinji mean and how is it pronounced?
A:“Injinji“ is pronounced (In-gin-ji) and is an African term which describes when a drumming circle reaches a climax, the peak in the performance, when all of the participants are at one with the rhythm, when everyone hits a stride and there is unison among all.

Things You Need to Know About Buying Z-CoiL's at Your 2 Feet

Some FAQ:
Q: Do I need an appointment for shoe fitting?
A: No. Shoe fitting does not require an initial appointment. If you have special needs plan extra time for an expert to properly evaluate your individual needs. We have most products in stock, including many discontinued styles.

Q: How long are shoe fitting appointments?
A: Fitting apointments are usually 15 to 30 minutes long depending on the level of exam required to properly evaluate your individual needs.

Q: Do you charge for shoe fitting appointments?
A: No. A $10.00 service fee may be assessed for adjustments or modifications made to footwear not purchased directly from Your 2 Feet.

Q:Will my insurance cover some of the cost of Z-CoiL® shoes?
A: Buying Z-CoiL® footwear directly from Your 2 Feet will most likely not be reimbursed from most insurance companies. Your 2 Feet has no contractual relationships with any insurance company. Some employers have safety or workplace shoe reimbursement programs. Check with your HR Department. Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) will often reimburse with a store receipt as justification for the medical expense since the shoes are therapeutic.

Our onsite podiatrist Dr. Kerch participates contractually with most insurance companies. Medicare has a diabetic shoe reimbursement program that you may qualify for. Z-CoiL® shoes are not part of this program, but hundreds of other styles and brands are included. New appointments are being accepted to review your treatment options.

101 Ways to Show You Love Somebody

101 WAYS
to show you love somebody

(without having sex)

Tell the other person that you love them
Give or get a hug
Make sure the other person feels important and respected
Kiss when people are looking
Kiss when people aren't looking
Tell the other person that you care
Hold hands
Go for a long bike ride
Give a special present
Be there when they need a friend
Spend time together
Go to see a film
Walk arm in arm in the woods
Make a special tape of love songs
Talk about your feelings
Share dreams with each other
Snuggle up together
Sit together in the park
Take a walk together
Go out for a meal
Have a picnic
Play a game of frisbee
Give compliments
Relax in a jacuzzi
Go swimming
Just be close
Go shopping for food
Cook a meal together
Touch each other in a loving way
Do homework together
Plan and go on a trip together
Throw a party together
Bake a cake
Go to the library
Browse in a museum
Just be there
Find out what's special for the other person - and do it
Exercise together
Gaze at each other
Wash each other's cars (or bikes !)
Go fishing
Talk to each other
Listen to worries
Cut each other's toenails
Choose a special favourite song
Listen to joys
Hold one another close
Catch their eye
Write one another letters
Talk on the telephone
Trust one another
Give or receive a ring
Meet each other's family
Go hiking together
Make sacrifices for each other
Send chocolates
Respect each other
Go for a moonlight walk
Hide a love note where the other will find it
Give each other sexy looks
Write a poem
Send flowers
Eat dinner by candlelight
Go to a concert
Watch the sunrise together
Remember anniversaries
Give each other pet names
Go sightseeing
Rent a video
Do things for each other without being asked
Propose marriage
Whisper something nice into the other's ear
Be best friends
Have fun together
Go out dancing
Play music together
Flirt with each other
Laugh at something funny together
Be faithful
Impress each other
Make a list of things you like about each other
Read a book and discuss it
Meet each other's friends
Go horse riding
Cook each other's favourite food
Find out what makes each other happy
Make presents for each other
Wash each other's hair
Watch the sunset
Go for a bus trip
Have a request played on the radio
Send a funny card
Share your plans for the future
Play footsie
Share private jokes
Think about each other
Find out what makes the other sad
Go skating
Swap rings
Share an ice-cream
Have your picture taken together

Friday, February 11, 2011

Stress Fractures Are Very Limiting

Stress Fractures

A stress fracture is a tiny or incomplete crack in a bone that is often caused by overuse. Stress fractures occur most frequently inthe foot and ankle. Our onsite podiatrist Dr. Kerch is well trained to diagnose and treat this problem.

Stress fractures may be caused by a number of factors. Overuse or strain in the foot (fatigue fracture) is one of the most common causes, while weak bones (insufficiency fracture), caused by medical conditions such as osteoporosis, can also be a factor. Medications such as steroids can lead to stress fractures, as can a sudden increase in activity levels. All of these causes can and should be evaluated by an appointment when you have the signs and symptoms of a stress fracture.

Those signs may include pain that increases with activity and decreases with rest, pain that increases over time, or pain that persists even at rest. Often a stress fracture will result in swelling and a spot that feels tender to the touch.

If you experience any pain during physical activity or any of the symptoms described, you should make an appointment with Dr. Kerch or your own podiatrist. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of a stress fracture can often prevent further injury. Dr. Kerch will ask you to describe your signs and symptoms and then physically evaluate your foot. While x-rays will most likely be used for diagnosis, often stress fractures do not appear on regular x-rays for several weeks after the symptoms begin. In some cases, the fracture may never appear on an x-ray. In those cases, other diagnostic testing such as MRIs, ultrasounds, or bone scans may be recommended.
Many stress fractures can be treated with rest, ice and over-thecounter pain relievers. For most people, an appropriate period of rest will be sufficient for the bone to heal. In other cases, Dr. Kerch will develop a treatment program customized to your needs

Dr. Kerch has noticed an increase of patients presenting with stress fractures recently. "Be on the alert for signs and symptoms of a stress fracture. A thorough exam with X-ray and bone scan may be indicated if a stress fracture is suspected."
She says, " Take preventative actions to lower the severity of your stress fracture, to speed up healing or to prevent recurrence. Bracing or custom orthotics and proper shoe gear may be recommended as symptoms necessitate ."
At Your 2 Feet "therapy package" recommendations are available for purchase. You may need to immobilize the affected bone with a pneumstic boot, fracture shoe, or choosing from various foot and ankle splints. Dr.Kerch may be able to bill your insurance company for many items. They may be covered depending on your benefits.

More info:
The repetitive loading which produces these fractures is similar to repetitive bending of a paper clip which eventually breaks. Once broken, it can have a major impact on your workout program and life in general.The loading can be due to many factors, but Dr.Kerch tells her patients, "The factors over which we have some control are distance, shoe wear, surfaces and flexibility. Don't increase the distance or activity more than 10% per week. Shoe wear which is specific to an activity, such as a running shoe for running, are more than marketing hype. They provide both support as well as partially compensate for the hardness of your workout surface. Using a treadmill reduces impact forces compared with running on asphalt, and a dirt trail is likely to be less problematic than an asphalt surface. Similar to the 10% rule for distance, you need to gradually transition from indoor treadmill to outdoor surface activities as the weather improves. Warming up and maintaining flexibility, and especially stretching of the Achilles tendon, will reduce forefoot impact and help to preserve normal foot shock-absorbing mechanics.
Again,the typical symptom of a stress fracture is pain, which may occur suddenly or may gradually increase over several days. Swelling in the foot and lower leg is also common. Treatment for a stress fracture of the foot includes activity modification and use of a stiff-soled shoe for approximately 2-4 weeks after injury. Depending on the location of the fracture, immobilization in a cast boot or use of crutches may be needed. Fractures in the 5th metatarsal, talus and navicular bone heal very slowly or may not heal at all due to poor blood supply. Longer periods of treatment or surgical intervention may be necessary in order to heal these types of fractures.
The best way to avoid a stress fracture of the foot when starting an exercise program is to take it slow, know your limits and follow a sensible program.
Red flags to watch for after any workout include:
.Pain in the foot or lower leg that persists more than 72 hours
•Swelling of the foot or leg that persists for more than 24 hours
•Pain which increases with exercise or walking
•Pain at rest or with elevation of the legs

Preventative measures include:
•Select the proper footwear for the specific type of exercise
•Start out slowly when beginning an exercise program following a layoff period
•Walk and stretch to warm up gradually before running or walking
•Focus on stretching and strengthening the muscles in the calf
•Increase running or walking distance and speed gradually, in increments no greater than 10% per week
•Avoid unaccustomed strenuous sprinting
•Take the time to cool down properly after exercise
These simple measures may prevent stress fractures of the foot and ankle and allow you to achieve success.
Visit Your 2 Feet or make an appointment with Dr. Kerch at 206-786-0064. We are located at 1201 Pine St.at the base of Capital Hill in Seattle.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Rock and Roll on Your Feet With the Ryn

Ryn, The Next Generation Rocker Sole-Rock and Roll on Your Feet
The Ryn shoes promote balance, stability and control.
What Makes RYN Footwear Different?
• Exceptional Stability – The structured RYN air-tunnel system provides cushioning at impact without sacrificing stability. The shoe drives straight ahead without caving in or rolling out.
• 45 Degree Rocker – The rocker challenges major muscle groups more than most other rocker sole shoes. MBT has about a 30 degree rocker on the Sport model.
• Arch Stimulation – A slight “arch hump” pleasantly stimulates the arch as your foot passes through the gait cycle.
• Extra Padding and Depth – RYN athletic shoes have extra heel, top line and tongue padding, thus ensuring a secure fit without heel slipping problems.
• Orthotic Friendly – Since the central message behind RYN is balance, stability and control – we encourage the use of orthotics for maximum stability, if needed. RYN shoes have the added depth to accept custom or OTC orthotics (i.e. Lynco) without incurring fitting problems, like heel slipping.
• Excellent Stability on Uneven Terrain – Unlike brands like Skechers and MBT, RYN has no soft, collapsing memory foam. The structured air tunnel provides much better stability in grass, on inclines and on uneven surfaces, like cobblestones.
• Better Wet Weather Performance – Since there is no soft foam sensor for water to permeate, RYN shoes can be easily worn in the rain and wet weather without fear of damaging the shoes. The RYN Trail shoes are lined with Sympatex®, which allows the foot to breathe, without letting water in.
• Impeccable Craftsmanship – RYN footwear is built to last. The shoes are beautifully manufactured, lasted and finished. Their 7-layer construction, manufacturing process and materials selection assures your customers of wearing a shoe with excellent longevity that will feel great every time they lace them up. Every aspect of R&D, manufacturing and quality control is tightly controlled under one roof. There is no “contract manufacturing” to China, Vietnam, Indonesia or Singapore.
• Attractive Styling Across Multiple Categories – RYN’s athletic, casual, dress and sandal lines have drawn praise from customers since they have arrived in the U.S. There’s a RYN shoe for almost any occasion. Many of the RYN models are designed in Milan, and manufactured in Korea.

Watch Dr. Kerch, Seattle podiatrist, explain the concept of the rocker sole shoes on You Tube. Dr. Kerch recommends the rocker sole shoe as a time honored solution to heel, forefoot, back pain and arthritis. Look no further than the new Ryn rocker sole shoe. Dr. Kerch sees patients in her Seattle Clinic and owns the Pain Relief Center "Your 2 Feet" in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle.


To see more of the celebrities and athletes posing in their Ryns:


There are actually several different types of shoes that may employ
some instability or a rocking motion:
• Toning shoes may look odd but utilize various designs to force the
core muscles in your body to work harder to obtain balance.
• Mild rocker shoes are not meant to improve posture or balance.
They reduce strain on the heel and toes by allowing you to roll
normally with each step.
• Unstable rockers have an unstable heel designed to force you to
change your center of gravity and posture and stand up straighter.
• Stable and medical rockers are great for reducing certain motion
in the toe joints or off-loading pressure from a particular area of
the foot. These are mainly prescribed by podiatrists to treat arthritis
or pain in the ball of the foot, diabetes, and plantar fasciitis.
They also may be prescribed for use after surgical procedures.
In fact, toning shoes are the fastest-growing shoe category
since the 1970s.
Rocker bottom and toning shoes can change your walking or standing
posture. They can change how you walk, and the muscles of
the body adjust and compensate. Because you will be using new
muscles, your podiatrist might recommend that you wear these
shoes for shorter walks or on alternating days for cross training. In
some patients, rocker bottom shoes can cause injuries such as Achilles
tendinitis or ankle sprains. But in others, the slight adjustment in
gait can help tone and strengthen muscles. However, it is important
to remember that anyone who already has
an unstable gait should be very cautious
about using these types of shoes.
Most doctors agree that if these shoes can get people motivated to
walk, thereby improving their health and fitness, they are worth the
money. However, make sure to check with your podiatrist, who can
recommend the best shoe for you for any activity. Also, be sure to
start wearing them in gradually, and stop immediately if any pain or
discomfort develops.

The Ryn reduces strain on the heel and toes by allowing you to roll normally with each step. Stable and medical rockers are great for reducing certain motion in the toe joints or off-loading pressure from a particular area of the foot. These are mainly prescribed by podiatrists to treat arthritis or pain in the ball of the foot, diabetes, and plantar fasciitis. They also may be prescribed for use after surgical procedures.
Toning shoes are the fastest-growing shoe category since the 1970s.
Rocker bottom and toning shoes can change your walking or standing
posture. They can change how you walk, and the muscles of the body adjust and compensate. Because you will be using new muscles, Dr Kerch recommends that you wear these shoes for shorter walks or on alternating days for cross training. In some patients, rocker bottom shoes can cause injuries such as Achilles tendinitis or ankle sprains if you do not first develop muscle tone gradually. The slight adjustment in gait can help tone and strengthen muscles. However, it is important to remember that anyone who already hasan unstable gait should be very cautious about using these types of shoes.Most doctors agree that if these shoes can get people motivated to
walk, thereby improving their health and fitness, they are worth the money. However, make sure to check with Dr. Kerch to recommend the best shoe for you for any activity. Also, be sure to start wearing them in gradually, and stop immediately if any pain or discomfort develops.
Dr. Kerch is Board Certified with the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a member of the APMA practicing in Seattle , WA 206-786-0064.
The curved soles have seven layers, including an air bag in the heel. Dr. Kerch recommends to her patients "to choose being stable vs. unstable while standing” when you are evaluating shoes with this design of the sole. These two-pound shoes are lighter than the MBT’s, and they also yield less impact during gait from the feet up to the back. The totally waterproof Trails “are great for the rainy days we get in the Pacific Northwest.” An added bonus is they give your “calf muscles a challenge while walking.”

In studies sponsored by manufacturers, the rounded-sole design improves postural alignment and minimizes joint stress. It is said by some it is like walking in soft sand. While walking your stride is also changed. Leg muscles get stretched and worked harder than in regular walking shoes. This stimulates the circulation in your calves.

To see more of the celebrities and athletes posing in their Ryns: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QggTG7wWsNI

Ryn is the Official Sportswear Partner for the Winter and Summer Olympic Games - South Korea.

RYN has received excellent reviews in the New York Times, Lifetime TV ("The Balancing Act"), and numerous industry magazines, including Footwear News, Footwear Insight and WSA Today.
Ryn Footwear is gaining viral exposure on social networking sites, including blogs, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages. Ryn is rapidly coming to the top of search lists on rocker sole shoes, and is being favorably compared to the best brands in the category. Articles like "All About Rocker Sole Shoes" and "RYN vs. MBT Comparison" are receiving hundreds of hits by people researching this category of footwear. Finally, when people research the Ryn brand for customer reviews and testimonials, the feedback is overwhelmingly positive.Tone your legs! Strengthen your core! Improve your posture! These
are some of the claims made by athletic shoe companies now
producing toning shoes. Some of these claims might be right on the
money, but before you put down the big bucks for the newest fad in
shoes, you may want to have more information.

Joseph Chiglinsky Has 10 Years of Z-CoiL Wearing History

Joseph Chiglinsky has three pairs of Z-CoiL's and he has been wearing Z-CoiL's for 10 years. He just purchased his fourth pair at Your 2 Feet. He took advantage of the discounted prices and bought a Z walker black velcro style.

Ten years ago Joseph stated he had back pain for years. He is ready to tell anyone how he didn't obtain relief until he started wearing Z-CoiL pain relief footwear.

Joseph is retired as a fast food manager for Buyer King, Papa Murphys, Pawn Exchange, and Tesoroes. Tesoros has the largest US refineries. They are gone from Washington. This type of work on cement floors aggravated his leg and back pain. He walked 1-2 miles as a manager and decided to leave because of the stress.

Joseph has been working at the local Ikea for the past four years. Now he stands in one place a lot at his job at Ikea. He says, "I gave up headaches as a manager when I switched to my Ikea job."

My Z-CoiL shoes help take off the pressure I feel in my back and legs when I am ringing up customer sales at Ikea.

"If you have back pain,let me tell you where to buy Z-coils." (at Your 2 Feet Seattle in the Capital Hill neighborhood)

Jill Andreotti Has 17 Pairs of Z-CoiL footwear and Counting

Jill Andreoti has 17 pairs of Z-CoiL footwear.
She just bought her most recent pair, a white pair of Freedoms. White shoes are required for the WSU School of Nursing classes she is enrolled in. Jill was able to take advantage of the sale prices currently in place.

Jill had shockwave therapy by Dr. Kerch in 2002 for her heel pain. "I'll never forget how much Dr. Kerch helped relieve my heel pain. She performed the shockwave therapy in 2002. Then she introduced me to the Z-CoiL footwear. Now I wear the Z-CoiL shoes all the time."

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

11 ways to live well in 2011 Check #QR Codes

By Jennifer LaRue Huget and Lenny Bernstein
Tuesday, January 11, 2011; 5:58 PM

1. Check QR codes

You'll be seeing more of these postage-stamp-shaped "quick response" graphics in and around the grocery store in the coming year as retailers and food manufacturers learn how to put this relatively new technology to work. Using your bar-code-reading smartphone, you take a picture of the QR code to access extra information about the product at hand. Look for food packages to feature QR codes that, when scanned, yield nutrition facts and recipes.

11 ways to live well in 2011

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Find the Right Arch Support/ Orthotic For You

Orthotics and Arch Supports $20-$65
The right arch support can provide better foot alignment and improve posture. Do you have a pair of exercise, casual shoes or work shoes that just aren't comfortable? The right arch support could make a huge difference. We carry arch supports and orthotics from Aetrex, Powerstep, Spenco and Emsold.
Your 2 Feet has a heat customizable and molded orthotic for $125.00. These are unique to other locations and serve as a first step to custom/prescription orthotics.
Make an appointment with Dr. Kerch to fabricate custom prescription orthotics billed to your insurance company.
There's a very good chance that we can find the right arch support for your feet.

Bioactive Runner and "Suspensionology" Expert Test Drove Z-CoiL's

Don has been a runner for 72 years. As a child he remembers running with his mom's pie pan as a wheel to steer around.
Don says," I would define myself as a mountain-trail/wilderness all terrain runner". He has ran in the Death Valley every year. It's a 4 mile trek along Golden Canyon, which is a miniature Grand Canyon. Don's unofficial world record pace running on Maiui's Mt. Haleakala Crater was 3 hours. (Guiness wasn't there to make it official)
Don has worked as a shock absorber tester doing research for 7 different companies. Now the technology has shifted from the previous spring and shock systems. Don currently writes for Car and Driver" as a specialist in "suspenseologist".
Don's favorite example of where to study the best example of shock absorbing principles are those applied in the Packard car. Packard's last major development was the Hudson derived "Torsion-Level" suspension, an electronically controlled four-wheel torsion-bar suspension that balanced the car's height front to rear and side to side, having electric motors to compensate each spring independently. Contemporary American competitors had serious difficulties with this suspension concept, trying to accomplish the same with air-bag springs before dropping the idea.
Don related how the Packard had a levelling power cushion utilizing two front shock absorbers. Two springs that were linked to the rear wheels by a torsion bar and operated on the 4 wheels. When the shock absorber moved up on the front wheel, the back wheel rose up simultaneously.
As the shock absorber went down on the front wheel, the back wheel went down at the same time. They were connected by a long torsion bar which would twist when moved.
Don developed a new running technique that now he calls "bioactive running". In 1947 he used to call it called "physinetrics". Don borrowed this style from the Packard suspension system. He duplicates the sensation in his body from the Packard design concept mentioned above.
The bioactive running technique works on the principle of equalizing and leveling. Going uphill or downhill there should be a shift of energy absorbing shock in the lower extremity. This adjustment is anticipated by an assessment of the declination or inclination noted in the terrain ahead. Going uphill or downhill there should be a shift of energy absorbing the shock in your lower extremity anticipated prior to the declination or inclination. There is no vertical body motions while equalizing/leveling. It is important your head stays level as the muscles of your front leg pull you forward at the same time as your rear leg pushes you forward. Your abdominal muscles are activated as a fulcrum.
Bioactive running follows the concept of actively adapting the body to accommodate the surface you are encountering. Bioactive running's principle is to anticipate and accommodate the upcoming force before it is delivered. You must level your body to reduce the impact in advance of a change of terrain. Keep your center of gravity and your "lever length" the same no matter what is present in the changing terrain at the impact zone.
The goal is to pre-load and lower your body as you accommodate for a bump up or a bump down.
This essentially becomes a negative force down and a positive push up.
Let gravity be the accelerator. Be proactive, put a little forward lean from your ankles while moving forward, but not much.
The end result is you reduce the force of a positive bump force on your body while running. By this technique you develop equality of body pressures by zero body vertical motion. Your hands follow your legs. Your hands should be open handed on the same side facing up.
Don got his first pair of Z-CoiL footwear. He heard of Al Gallegos invention as a possible best application for "suspensology" in footwear. Don was intrigued by the technology and sought out what developments were on the horizon. He learned about the Z-CoiL and was curious how the coils would "ride" using his bioactive running principles. Al Gallegos, the inventor of the shoe, had developed a prototype over 15 years ago. This prototype was Don's first experience with the Z-CoiL. Don says," I always wanted to make a show with coils. It only makes sense."
Don was a tester in 1988 for Nike running shoes. A friend of his at a retail store gave Don a contact in Nike. He would share his experiences using Nike's prototypes and reported what happened as the technology changed.
During Don's recent visit to Your 2 Feet he bought a new set of coils. Because of the surfaces he runs and hikes the coils wear out over time. He also bought a pair of Lyncos orthotics.
If you would like more information or to speak to Don, please e-mail us for his contact information.

Got Something In Your Shoe?

Consumer Alert: Got something in your shoe?
Buyers Must Beware of Differences Between Prescription Orthotics and over-the-counter Arch Supports
When your feet hurt, even the simplest task can be agonizing. Consumers often look for quick relief to ease the pain of throbbing heels and toes, commonly caused by foot conditions or improperly fitted footwear. Prescription orthotic devices, shoe inserts that are intended to correct common ailments or abnormal walking patterns, are worn by about 8 percent of Americans to alleviate foot aches and pains.
These days, retail stores advertising “custom-made” inserts, arch supports, and insoles are cropping up on street corners all across the country. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), 17 percent of people who wear orthotics bought them in a retail store rather than from a trained health care professional. While all these foot health products tout similar remedies, buyers can benefit from understanding the differences between medically prescribed orthotic devices and over-the-counter shoe inserts. The title links you to the next article on what's available at Your 2 Feet. Find the right choice for you by our on site expert fitters.
WSPMA offers the following guidance for consumers purchasing a device to help save their feet and wallets from the agony of ineffective or damaging foot care products:
• Don’t live with foot pain. A podiatrist provides comprehensive care by examining, diagnosing and treating foot pain. Based on a patient’s diagnosis, podiatrists often prescribe orthotics as a conservative approach to many common foot ailments. Only a licensed health care professional can diagnose and prescribe medical treatments, including orthotics.
• Find the prescription that’s right for you. Prescribed orthotic devices fall into three broad categories: rigid, which primarily attempt to maintain the foot in the proper functional position; soft, which offer minimal support but primarily help absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off sore spots; and semi-rigid, which provide a combination of functional support and balance while walking or participating in sports. Wearing the wrong type of shoe insert can be detrimental to feet, especially for people with diabetes or arthritis.
• Spending more can get you less. Not all over-the-counter shoe inserts are effective—no matter the price. Consulting with a podiatrist before trying products from retail stores can help consumers select a device that treats their ailment, thus saving them time, pain, and money.
• Beware of the buildup. Consumers should be wary of products with lofty claims or promises of comfort based solely on size. Without proper diagnosis, even “custom-made” inserts can be inadequate.
• Consider other treatment options. Although APMA’s survey found that prescribing custom foot orthotics was the most common treatment received from podiatrists, it may not be a solution for everyone. An APMA member podiatrist can provide and determine a treatment option that’s right for you.
• Check with insurance providers. Although prescription orthotic devices can be expensive, they may be covered by insurance. Check with your insurance company or health care administrator to find out how much of the cost will be picked up by your plan. Over-the-counter or “custom-made” shoe inserts from retail stores are rarely covered by insurance.

Happy 2011- If I Can Dream (Elvis and Celine)

Monday, January 03, 2011

Featured This Month-Merino Wool Socks for Winter Comfort

"Since 1905 my family has been committed to our employees, our community and making fine quality socks just for you."
President Wigwam Mills, Inc., Bob Chesebro

Wigwam Mills, Inc. is proud to knit its socks in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.A., just for you because we care.
We care that thousands of manufacturers in this country sacrifice quality for less-expensive labor in other areas of the world, to increase the bottom line. We continue to lobby in Washington D.C. for programs that responsibly limit the quantity of imported products coming into this country while still pursuing a policy of fair trade with our many global neighbors. We care about the environmental, sociological, and financial implications of this policy.
We want you to feel good about buying the Wigwam brand because we’ve set a standard of integrity that we strive to live up to every day.
Our manufacturing facility is state of the art and getting more “green” all of the time. We have and are working with local utilities to improve our efficiency and limit our carbon footprint by installing solar energy panels to heat our water, motion sensory lights to limit wasted power, and responsible waste management to re-use and recycle as much as we can.
We support wool producers in this country by sourcing our wool almost exclusively from American yarn spinners who buy from American wool growers. And we support domestic yarn spinners whenever possible and work with them to get the best quality natural and man made fibers and yarn for all of our products.
For over 100 years, Wigwam has been dedicated to enhancing the lives of our customers. We have done this not just through providing them the finest quality socks, but by providing them with the assurance that their purchase of Wigwam socks supports its reputation of honesty and integrity.

Your 2 Feet chose Wigwam socks because of their quality and features for our Seattle customers and community 8 years ago. Merino wool offers softness, foot hugging, and is cushiony all over. Make Wigwam's your American made socks for 2011 (MMX1).

40 Ideas For New Years Resolutions

As a fitness trainer, I realize that the best way to get everything that you want is to set goals. As we come into the New Year, there is no better time to set goals. So here are 40 goals/New Years Resolutions. Pick one or do a combination of several. Either way, if you stick to it, you will become a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled person. Happy New Year!

Body and Health

1. Eat more fruits and vegetables everyday. Make it a goal to add at least three
2. Join a health club and go at least 3 times a week
3. Build muscle. Remember, each pound of muscle burns an extra 40 calories a day while at rest!
4. Get regular doctors visits, exams, and physicals
5. Stop smoking, or smoke less
6. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away
7. Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night
8. Limit your sugar and fatty food intake

Family and Relationships

1. Be a more attentive parent, spouse, or friend
2. Spend more time with your loved ones
3. Make people laugh
4. Be more supportive of your childrens dreams
5. Bond with a family member that you don't see often
6. Have family night at least once a week
7. Have date night with your partner or spouse at least once a week

Career, Education, and Finance

1. Save 10% of your income (or whatever percent is good for your financial situation)
2. But less needless stuff
3. Devise a savings plan so that you can buy something important
4. Save money by doing things yourself rather than hiring someone
5. Create a budget and stick to it
6. Vow to learn at least one new thing each day
7. Further your education
8. Improve your business or career status
9. Make a new career or educational move
10. Redevote yourself to your career


1. Take a few vacations and weekend trips
2. Take up a new hobby
3. Start a club or organization
4. Meditate
5. Volunteer or donate to a charity or good cause
6. Take time for yourself
7. Smile more often (it really is contagious)
8. Have spa days


1. Keep your car, office, and home cleaner
2. Swear/curse less
3. Finish something you started
4. Start a garden
5. Drive safer
6. Watch less television
7. Set goals, put them in writing, and go for it!

You can learn even more about fitness and goal setting at http://www.21daybody.com. Try my 21 day fitness challenge. You can lose up to 20 pounds in 21 days. Tracy has lost over 100 pounds! To assist in her weight loss, Tracy studied health, fitness, and nutrition in college and then went on to get her personal trainer certification. She then started Lady Like Fitness and loves helping others achieve their goals. Tracy has done print modeling and she has been a television spokesperson for various exercise products. Tracy resides in Baltimore, Maryland. You can lose weight and get in shape fast with Tracys 21 Day Body Transformation System available in paperback and eBook at http://www.21daybody.com.

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