Published on May 04, 2012 by Edgar Snyder

Toning Shoes Can Cause Injuries

toning shoe injuries

If you have seen the commercials for toning shoes like Skechers Shape-Ups or Reebok EasyTones, then you're probably familiar with the health benefits these types of shoes claim to offer. But did you know that the manufacturers of these shoes, which are also known as rocker bottoms, are currently involved in class action lawsuits? According to the lawsuits, not only did the manufacturers mislead customers about the shoes' potential health benefits, but the shoes have also been reported to cause serious injuries.

The lawsuits allege that both Skechers and Reebok launched advertising campaigns touting the potential health benefits of wearing their toning shoes, like weight loss, firmer and stronger muscles, and improved circulation and posture. However, studies conducted by objective third parties, like one done by the American Council on Exercise in 2010, found that there was no difference between regular running shoes and toning shoes when it came to heart rate, oxygen consumption, calories burned, or muscle activity.

Additionally, reports from doctors and consumers show that the shoes' shape can actually increase the risk of injury. So far, a number of injuries have been associated with wearing Skechers Shape-Ups and Reebok EasyTones, including:

  • Stress fractures
  • Torn meniscus
  • Torn ligaments and tendons
  • Torn Achilles heel
  • Ankle, bone, and hip fractures
  • Injuries from slips and falls
  • Back injuries
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