Shoe manufacturer Skechers touts on their website that their Shape-ups can help you: “Get in shape without setting foot in a gym.”
It would be nice if we could all get in better shape just by wearing a pair of special shoes. However, according to a recent American Council on Exercise study, toning shoes fail to live up to the promises made by shoe manufacturers, such as Skechers and Reebok.
Health Experts Don’t Agree With Shoe Makers
Some health experts have even gone as far as suggesting that toning shoes, also called wellness shoes and rocker bottom shoes, may actually increase your chances of sustaining an injury.
Toning shoes feature rounded soles resembling a rocking chair. The shoe design is supposed to stretch your muscles with each stride you take.
Toning Shoes Are Unstable
However, toning shoes are purposely built unstable. The instability of the shoes may increase the risk of an Achilles heel injury, a stress fracture or a fall injury. Many experts are especially concerned about the elderly and people with balance problems.
If you or someone you know has been injured while wearing a pair of toning shoes, you should contact one of our experienced Northern Kentucky injury attorneys at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297.