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Ohio Woman Claims Toning Shoes Injured Her Hips

Another lawsuit has been filed – this time over hip injuries- caused by the controversial Sketchers Shape-up shoes, one of the fastest-selling athletic shoes on the market. The shoes apparently caused stress fractures in both of 38-year-old Ohio resident Holly Ward’s hips. Our law firm is representing Ms. Ward in the lawsuit.

Other high-profile claims have already been filed against the shoe manufacturer for allegedly causing Achilles tendonitis in exercise enthusiasts all over the U.S.

Ms. Ward had to have orthopedic surgery to recover from wearing the toning shoes, and now has metal pins in her hips to help her walk. She blames Sketchers, which advertised the shoes for their supposed ability to tone-up one’s whole body.

"The extended use of these shoes has injured me catastrophically," Ward this week told ABC TV’s Good Morning America.

The shoes are advertised by Sketchers with the following slogan, "Get in shape without setting foot in a gym.” Stars like Kim Kardashian and Joe Montana appear in Sketchers ads, touting the athletic benefits of the product.

Speculation Over Whether the Shoes Work

According to the non-profit American Council on Exercise, across the board, none of the toning shoes on the market showed “statistically significant increases” in either exercise response or muscle activation during any of the treadmill trials. “There is simply no evidence to support the claims that these shoes will help wearers exercise more intensely, burn more calories or improve muscle strength and tone.”

One of the researchers told ACE that the soles in the shoes, which are shaped distinctively and uniquely, will make the user work different muscles than other shoes. However, it does not necessarily mean that the user will tone his or her leg muscles. 

Achilles Tendonitis Reported by Wearers

Ms. Ward’s lawsuit involves stress fractures, but other patients have complained of Achilles tendonitis as a result of wearing Shape-ups. The Achilles tendon is fibrous tissue that connects the heel to the muscles of the lower leg. This includes the calf muscles. An injured Achilles tendon can interfere with standing on one’s toes, walking, running, and jumping.

If you believe you have been injured by Shape-ups, or any other athletic shoe, call us today at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 for a consultation with an experienced Kentucky personal injury attorney.

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