This fairly new product has been touted as a way to get in shape without having to spend hours in the gym, yet many people have been coming forward with reports of painful injuries.
One of the biggest risks of toning shoes has to do with the design. Skechers Shape-ups have a rocker sole that is meant to induce instability. However, this manufacturer isn’t the only one producing shoes that cause this issue. Avia, Champion, Danskin and New Balance also have similar designs. Reebok has its own version of toning shoes and the design is slightly different.
Are Toning Shoes Safe?Consumer Reports recently did its own investigation into the safety of toning shoes. The findings were published in the article, “Are toning shoes safe? Reports of injuries raise concern.” Researchers with Consumer Reports analyzed the CPSC’s database that was created on March 11, 2011 regarding toning shoes. The 36 reported injuries exceed any other single type of product in the database. The complaints mentioned such injuries as:
- Broken bones
- Foot pain
- Leg pain
- Hip pain
One of our clients, Holly Ward, knows firsthand the dangers of toning shoes. Skechers Shape-ups caused stress fractures in both of her hips, requiring orthopedic surgery. You can read more in our article, "Ohio Woman Claims Toning Shoes Injured Her Hips," and can even see Ms. Ward’s interview with ABC TV’s Good Morning America.
Consumer Reports’ experts had something else interesting to say about toning shoes – “there’s little evidence that Shape-ups and similar rocker-style shoes are more likely than other athletic shoes to promote physical fitness.”