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The Hidden Risks of Toning Tennis Shoes

Tennis shoes that will actually tone your muscles? Who wouldn’t want a pair of those sneakers? 

However, you know the old adage – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  These so-called revolutionary shoes are not what they are cracked up to be.

Toning Shoes are the Fastest Growing Segment of the Athletic Shoe Market

It is not surprising that the popularity of toning shoes has grown fast.  Shoe manufacturers are touting that this product will help consumers tone their buttocks, legs and abs.  This feature is appealing to many people, especially women, who spend a great deal of their time on their feet.  However, doctors are concerned about the adverse effects that seem to accompany these shoes.

Doctors Warn That Toning Shoes Cause Problems

Not only are health experts skeptical about the claims made that these shoes can act as a major contributor to a person’s fitness, they are also warning about potential dangers.  According to an article in USA Today, “A Revolutionary Sneaker or Overhyped Gimmick,” doctors believe that toning shoes could cause injuries by changing the way a person walks (known as their gait).  Supposedly, these shoes could destabilize how a person walks and even strain Achilles tendons.

The USA Today article included a story of a woman who broke her ankle during her first mile-long walk in Skechers’ Shape-ups shoes. 

Some doctors are calling for independent studies that will show the effectiveness and safety of toning shoes.  Others feel that they have enough information to conclude that these shoes pose a safety and health risk to consumers.

If You Have Been Injured While Wearing Toning Shoes

If you have been injured while wearing toning shoes, you could be entitled to compensation.  For more information and answers to your questions, contact an experienced Northern Kentucky injury lawyer at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297.

We represent clients in Kentucky and Ohio and have been doing so for 35 years.  Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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