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Just Read the Headlines: Toning Shoes are Causing Injuries

“Toning shoe trouble”
“Popular athletic shoes cause major injuries”
“Toning shoes: One false step can lead to the ER”
“Toning shoes are a step in the wrong direction, researchers say”


We didn’t make these up. These are real titles that have appeared on major news websites. While toning shoe manufacturers are spending high amounts on advertising, many people are questioning not only the claims made about these shoes, but also the safety of them.

Consumer Reports
recently published an article that included their analysis of the popular toning shoes. According to the publication, Americans spent a whopping $1 billion on toning shoes in 2010.

As the popularity has grown regarding this product, so have the number of reported injuries. Since March 11, 2011, there have been 36 reports made to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). While most of the injuries were relatively minor – foot, leg and hip pain, as well as tendinitis – some injuries were more serious. For example, there were reports of broken bones that ultimately required surgery.

Toning Shoe Injuries Can Happen to Anyone

The incident reports made to the CPSC include a wide range of ages. The toning shoe injuries involved people ages 25 all the way to 69. That means that anyone can be at risk of injury when wearing Sketchers Shape-ups, Reeboks EasyTones or any other toning shoes.

According to Dr. Orly Avitzur of Consumer Reports, “one patient was breaking in a pair of toning sneakers, and less than 45 minutes after putting them on felt her ankle turn and a bone break.”

One of our clients, Holly Ward, fractured her hips after wearing Skechers Shape-ups. She had to have orthopedic surgery and now has metal pins in her hips. You can learn more and watch her interview with Good Morning America by reading our article, "Ohio Woman Claims Toning Shoes Injured Her Hips."

What to do if you have been hurt by toning shoes

If you have been injured while wearing toning shoes, you may be able to recover compensation. It is important that you talk with a lawyer who has experience representing these types of cases.

For a free case evaluation, contact one of our experienced Kentucky personal injury lawyers by calling (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297. We will review your case and answer your questions.

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