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Skechers Shape Ups and Toning Shoes linked to stress fractures and injuries

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"There's major risks, especially for adults," said David M. Davidson, national president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He said he has treated patients who developed Achilles tendinitis and stress fractures that he suspects were caused by wearing toning shoes. "Creating instability, on adults especially, is not a good thing."


As a nurse on a very busy orthopedic/trauma floor, I have worn Skecher Shape ups for 3 years - and have sworn by them. Then, two days ago and 10 hours into my 12-hour shift, I found myself limping and walking on the outer edge of my shoe, as I was unable to bear weight (without great pain) on the ball of my right foot. The xray was negative and my family practice physician was uncertain of the diagnosis, but will order an MRI and bone scan if I do not improve. After doing my own Googling, I'm now wondering if the Shape Ups may be the cause - particularly after learning how quickly they wear out, causing pronation of the foot.
Posted by Brad Stephan on May 2, 2012 at 09:50 AM
I had similar experience I wore them to work for two months so I walked in them properly. Then one day I was leaving my parents house stepped off a curb and the shoe gave way. This resulted in a fractured fibula. They say in the ankle. Never had any ankle problems now I had to have surgery to fix with a titanium plate and 8 screws or they said I may never be able to use my foot as the break was in very real danger if slicing the tendons in my ankle. I am not stuck with a limp and possible problems later in life. Not to mention lost my job.
Posted by Jess on June 15, 2011 at 01:04 PM
I bought the Target knock off version a few months ago called Trim Step. I thought they felt good on my heel pain because most of your weight is in the center of your foot, so I wore them all the time. Now my knee really hurts and my hip pain (which I had a little before) is worse and the bad thing is the pain is at night in bed! I stopped wearing them about a week ago.
Posted by Susan Fung on May 14, 2011 at 03:34 PM
I am 35 years old and have been a runner for the majority of my life. In January I began noticing that my left hip began to hurt, I thought at first I had pulled my groin. After several weeks and now months of rest and no relief. I realized it wasn't muscle related. I have now seen a doctor and waiting for my MRI results, fearing that my injury could be related to these shoes Sketchers Shape-Ups that I wore when I went for walks. I highly advise not to purchase them!! I wish I knew~ :(
Posted by Erin Barker on April 30, 2011 at 03:44 PM
I am on my second pair of skecher shape ups, could not say enough good about the first pair but with the 2nd pair I have been having severe ankle, foot and calf pain. I walk 2-4 miles 4-5 days a week. I have arthritis, so I immediately thought it was that, but after not wearing them for a little over a week the pain is improving?? Still there but duller, I am begining to think it is the shoes??
Posted by Aldona Pazin on April 8, 2011 at 03:03 PM
I purchased Skecher Shape ups a year ago. I have worn them regularly for the last year, I have worn them for exercising and also to do housework. I started noticing pain in my left ankle about 3 months ago. Over the last 3 weeks the pain has become excruciating, I have also had significant swelling wrapping my ankle. I have achilles tendonitis that has to be caused from my Skecher Shape Ups. I am 29 years old and in decent shape.
Posted by Jayna on January 22, 2011 at 12:06 AM
I bought a pair of Sketchers Shape Ups and pursued my usual daily walk averaging a mile and a half per day. A week later I began having terrible pain in both knees and struggled to find a way to sleep through the pain at night. I discontinued using the shoes after that week and three weeks later, the pain in my knees has not gone away. Without insurance I have no way of finding out what has happened to me.
Posted by JULES on January 21, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Pattie: Your are the second person who has told us this exact scenario. We currently represent a nurse from California who wore her toning shoes to work everyday and was on her feet all day long. She also developed stress fractures in her metatarsals in both feet. Please consider reporting your experience to the Consumer Product Safety Commission at https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx if you wish to file a claim for your medical expenses or time off work, please contact our firm.
Posted by Ron Johnson on December 21, 2010 at 09:49 AM
I also was injured wearing my shape ups. I wear them to work. I work in a hospital and I'm on my feet all day.I was on my way to work and stepped off my back porch onto soft ground and lost my footing. X ray showed nothing was told stay off it a few days. Went back to work. Pain worsened. Long story short, after a battle with insurance company for an MRI. I just had it yesterday and although MD has not seen results. I was shown where the problem is and it's in my tarsal bone. Hoping for a quick recovery because it has been a month since the accident
Posted by Pattie on December 19, 2010 at 11:05 AM
Peggy: Please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss this issue with you. The injuries you describe sound very similar to those suffered by other clients we have who wore toning shoes and developed stress fractures. Our toll free number is listed at the top of the page, or you may email us.
Posted by Ron Johnson on November 29, 2010 at 12:07 PM
I also have had a similar experience after wearing the shoes. My toning shoes caused bilateral stress fractures in my hips.
Posted by Jennifer R. on November 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM
After walking 2.3 miles to work on city streets in my Sketcher Shape Up shoes for approximately 7 business days, I developed pain in my knees. I discontinued wearing the shoes at that time and when the pain did not go away, I consulted an orthopedic surgeon to find the problem after one week of intense pain. A plain xray did not show any problems & was given a steroid shot in the right knee and told that if the pain was not relieved after a week,there might be a torn cruciate and an MRI would be ordered to confirm. The pain with any weight baring was so severe that I had to take the 2nd week off of work for strict 7 days of bed rest to hopefully help heal my injuries and pain. At 3 weeks, still having the most severe pain just below my right knee, an MRI was done. It showed an obvious stress fracture of my upper tibia, with no apparent signs of healing. We are suspicious that the left tibia most likely has the same injury, but has not been confirmed because of the expense. I am a busy nurse and I am now confined to no weight bearing on the right leg, resting, and crutches if I must move about. I am very certain the Sketcher Shape Up shoe caused the damage, since it only appeared after wearing them. I never had a problem with pain while wearing regular walking shoes to work before and have never fractured a bone in my life. I am very healthy, not overweight, have very strong bones, no arthritis, and there is no other reason this injury could have occurred. Have you received any other complaints of this kind? Thanks.
Posted by Peggy Stults on November 29, 2010 at 10:53 AM

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