Toning Shoes Injury?

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Shoe Background:  Skechers Shape-ups are one of the more popular brands of toning shoes, thanks to the use of celebrity endorsements by television personality Kim Kardashian, hockey great Wayne Gretzky and others. The shoe received negative publicity in February 2011, when the Good Morning America program ran a consumer segment, “Could ‘Toning Shoes’ Hurt Instead of Help?" The program featured a 38-year-old Ohio woman, Holly Ward, who alleged that five months of using Skechers Shape-ups at her job as a waitress and during exercise caused stress fractures in both of her hips. She has filed a personal injury lawsuit over her injuries.

Design:  Skechers Shape-ups have a rounded sole that increases the heel-to-toe motion of the foot. Promotional materials on the company's website state the toning shoes burn more calories, increase muscle activation, improve posture and reduce stress on the back and legs. Materials for the shoes state that they "1. Tone your muscles 2. Promote healthy weight loss 3. Make it easy to get in shape!"

Models: Skechers Shape-ups toning shoes are marketed to men, women, boys and girls in various models, including athletic shoes, boots, casual shoes, sandals and sneakers. Prices range from $80 to $100.

Uses promoted by manufacturer:  The manufacturer promotes various models of its shoes for walking, training, trail use, running and work.

Risks of toning shoes. The built-in instability of toning shoes can increase the risk of stress fractures, falling and fall injuries.  Sports medicine experts say toning shoes may pose a particular risk for elderly people and those with poor balance, vertigo, lack of feeling in their feet or chronically weak ankles. Wearers who walk with feet or toes at a slight angle could potentially be more prone to tripping or falling. Injuries from the use of toning shoes include broken bones, broken or sprained ankles, broken hips from falls and pain or tightness in the heel, calf or Achilles’ tendon. Often times, toning shoe wearers go for weeks or months with muscle or bone pain unaware that the source of their problems is the toning shoe.  Even some physicians may unknowingly miss these early signs of toning shoe induced injuries making the problem that much worse. 

These injuries were avoidable.  The shoe companies never tested their products adequately to determine whether wearing toning shoes were safe.  The scientific literature has demonstrated for years about the risk of toning shoes and the long-term impact of problems that occur when a walker has an unstable gait.  Yet, supported by high-profile celebrities and the alluring promise of an effortless work-out, the manufacturers have promoted their shoes as safe and reliable.  Had the companies taken the time to read and understand the scientific literature, injuries caused by toning shoes would never have occurred.

Contact Our Toning Shoes Injury Lawyers Today

If you have been injured while wearing toning shoes, you may have legal rights to claim compensation. The MEDLAW legal team of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, is a nationally recognized law firm committed to assisting victims of negligently manufactured products.

Our team includes accomplished personal injury lawyers, a board-certified physician and registered nurses to help maximize our ability to recover substantial damages for those who are seriously injured by a negligently manufactured product or device.

The MEDLAW Legal Team of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, is a national firm with offices in Baltimore, MD, Asheville, NC, and Columbia, SC. The law firm has satellite offices in New York City. Time is of the essence to protect your legal rights. Call 877-692-3862 or contact us online immediately.