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What You Should Know About Toning Shoes

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Toning shoes have become the latest craze in the shoe industry. Sales are expected to reach $1.5 billion this year for the uniquely designed sneaker that supposedly can help you improve muscle strength and tone by just walking around in them.

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.
1 Comments:
I have a left leg tibial plateau stress fracture diagnosed with MRI and some pain. I did not fall--have no explanation why this fracture occurred. Have had a bone density test--no osteoarthritis. I am 65 years old, have been an active adult. I have been wearing Skechers Toning shoes since last autumn--have been enjoying them--was astounded to hear there is a question about their safety. I would want to know if these shoes could have caused the fracture. Send follow up information. Thanks.
Posted by Anita Shull on February 17, 2011 at 03:08 PM

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