People with bunions, other foot conditions should avoid toning shoes
A recent article in Consumer Reports states that the number of complaints and injuries as a result of wearing toning shoes – like Skechers’ Shape-Ups or Easy Spirit Anti-Gravity shoes – is on the rise.
A New York woman recently broke a bone in her foot after making a wrong step in one of the shoes, according to the source.
Not only have the shoes been reported as dangerous, but they are also unlikely to fulfill the calorie-burning, muscle-toning claims that the shoe’s manufacturers make.
“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,” said officials from the American Council on Exercise, according to Consumer Reports.
WebMD posted an article in which podiatrists and doctors agreed that the shoes are not likely to improve muscle tone or help the wearer burn more calories.
The findings are especially relevant to people with hindered foot mobility, like individuals with bunions, hammer toe or foot pain. Since the toning shoes’ purpose is to make the user unstable, people with bunions would likely be setting themselves up for a fall.
Bunion splints or orthotics may be able to help correct the conditions, but the verdict on toning shoes still looks grim for Skechers and Easy Spirit.