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Toning Shoes

Date Added: January 01, 2013 06:33:28 AM
Category: Footwear: Toning Shoes

Toning shoes are a controversial topic with mixed opinions about how bad they are and how good they are. There has also been multimillion dollar settlements with government regulatory authorities and there is ongoing litigation from customers hurt by these shoes.


Why the controversy?

It started when the toning shoes first came on the market (MBT’s were first, followed by the Skechers Shape Ups) and the claims that were made for the health gains that could be had by using these shoes. There was no evidence for those claims, so settlements between some of the companies and the FDA were reached to avoid litigation. The instability built into the shoes to make the muscles work harder, also increased the risk for falls and accidents so a number of individual and class actions cases were started. So the controversy really surround the marketing hype versus the evidence. There is simply no evidence to support the health claims being made. If you are going to make a health claim for a product then, you need good evidence for it.


Are they helpful?

All this does not mean that the shoes are not helpful. There are plenty of anecdotes in testimonials supporting the use of the shoes. Some health professionals are certainly recommending them for some conditions, especially painful arthritis of the big toe joint. Some are recommending them for chronic postural and low back problems and they do seem to help sum. What is lacking is clear guidelines from a consensus as to when they should or should not be used.


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