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Potential Dangers to Wearing Toning Shoes

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Not only have toning shoes become the latest craze; they have also become the fastest-growing segment in to footwear industry. Shoe manufacturers, such as Skechers and Reebok, are expecting to benefit from the $1.5 billion in toning shoe sales this year.

Many have attributed the growing popularity of toning shoes, or wellness shoes, to the claims shoe manufactures have made, such as Skechers’: “Get in shape without setting foot in a gym.” Consumers are left with the impression that Skechers Shape-ups can help them become physically fit without having to spend long hours in the gym.

Fitness Specialists Don't Buy It

Not only have many fitness specialists refuted those claims, especially coming on the heels of a recent American Council on Exercise study that found that toning shoes fail to live up to the promises made by shoe manufacturers, but many are warning of potential dangers to wearing toning shoes.

“There’s major risks, especially for adults,” said David M. Davidson, national president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.

Mr. Davidson claims to have treated patients who have developed Achilles tendonitis and stress fractures allegedly caused by wearing toning shoes.

Many attribute the problems to the “rocking chair” design of the toning shoes citing that it creates instability.
“Creating instability, on adults especially, is not a good thing,” said Mr. Davidson.

Injured By Toning Shoes?

If you have been injured while wearing toning shoes, contact an experienced Northern Kentucky injury lawyer at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297.
3 Comments:
I have been wearing Sketchers, last year in June, a few months afterwards my left knee started killing me, the more I wear them the worse my knee would hurt, so I finally went to an othopedic doctor, and founded out I had a ligament injury
Posted by CLee on March 5, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Anyone with asymtomatic FAI and CAM hip impingement develop insidious onset of moderate to severe anterior hip pain have MRI showing acute acetabular labral tear from these shoes after 3-4 months use.
Posted by Doc on February 19, 2011 at 09:55 PM
I bought two pair of the Sketchers for work and now my left knee hurts all the time. I have noticed that I walk in flat shoes with my toes upwards, I never did that before.
Posted by Donna White on February 15, 2011 at 04:41 PM

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