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African Continuum Theatre Company

The exaggerated claims of toning shoes

Toning footwear was a big fad a number of years ago. The manufacturers of this type of footwear made unbelievable and exaggerated claims for them. The promises varied from encouraging weight reduction to getting rid of cellulite to firming the butt to treating sore backs. The shoes had a rocker on the bottom intended for increasing muscle activity to obtain those believed benefits. However, the evidence just didn’t stack up and there was a lot of litigation from unhappy customers and several manufacturers of the toning shoes had to negotiate multi-million dollar pay outs with the Federal Trade Commission.

While all of that is in the past you will still find some of these types of footwear on the market and they still do have some support from those who are acquainted with the shoes. The shoes can alter the way that you move and for some people that could sometimes lead to an improvement in some things like sore backs. At the same time, it might make some people with low back pain feel worse. There is a lot of research being directed at researching exactly what toning shoes actually do and exactly who will benefit from them and who might be harmed by them. Different people will likely respond differently to them.
 
Foot doctors seem to especially like these sorts of toning shoes because of the type of patients that they see. The rocker sole design of the toning shoes makes them particularly helpful for those with a painful great toe joint, as with the footwear the joint does not have to move as much. However, while that might be helpful for that joint it can put more force on the ankle joint so could create or make worse problems at the ankle joint. It was problems like this that led to the legal issues in the past and need to be taken into consideration by anyone recommending or using these shoes. They do have their uses and they can help for the right people with the right condition.