Skechers Shape-Ups Can Cause Achilles Tendon Injuries
Skechers Shape-Ups are toning shoes, part of what is expected to grow to a $1.5 billion industry this year. While these shoes claim to turn every day activities into exercise and offer the benefits of exercise without ever setting foot in a gym or otherwise engaging in any other form of exercise, many users are now reporting serious injuries ranging from Achilles tendon injuries such as tendonitis or an Achilles tendon rupture all the way to hip fractures. The shoes are specifically designed to tone muscles in the legs and buttocks, with 90% of all toning shoes purchased by women. Skechers produces numerous models in the company's Shape-Ups and Tone-Ups shoe line, marketing Shape-Ups for "walk", "train", "trail", "run" and even "work" uses.
Using Shape-Ups Can Injure Achilles Tendons
Toning Shoes utilize a rocker bottom sole, that continually keeps the wearer slightly off balance, forcing muscles that might otherwise be dormant to become engaged while the Skechers Shape-Ups or other brand of toning shoes are being worn. The rocker bottom sole, which is much thicker than a normal sole and curved upwards at both the toe and heel, alters the natural stride and compromises the balance of the wearer, warns the President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. This alone has caused many wearers of Skechers Shape-Ups to fall while wearing them, in some cases injuring the user. But other users are experiencing chronic injuries after wearing Skechers Shape-Ups or other toning shoes over a period of time. Many of these injuries affect the Achilles tendons, but there is also the potential for much more serious injuries such as stress fractures. All of this has to do with how Skechers Shape-Ups and other toning shoes alter the wearers natural stride.
Free Skechers Ankle and Achilles Tendon Injury Lawsuit Case Review
The American Council on Exercise commissioned a study by the University of Wisconsin to determine if toning shoes offered any additional benefit. The study compared a regular New Balance running shoe to Skechers Shape-Ups, Reebok EasyTone and MBT shoes. The researches studied people walking on a treadmill for 5 minutes wearing each of the shoes at slow to moderate walking pace. Their heart rates, oxygen consumption and muscle usage in the abdominals, butt, quadriceps, hamstrings and calves were all measured. The University of Wisconsin's clinical exercise physiology program director stated "Based on our research, we saw absolutely nothing", concluding that there is no difference in heart rate, oxygen consumption, calories burned or muscle activity between toning shoes and regular running shoes.
However, Skechers Shape-Ups and other toning shoes with rocker bottom soles maybe exposing users to a number of serious injuries. The most commonly reported Skechers Shape-Ups injuries are those sustained as a result of falling while wearing a toning shoe. Reports of injuries from falling while wearing Skechers Shape-Ups range from sprained ankle to broken bones.
Those wearing Skechers Shape-Ups or other toning shoes while working may be at risk for some of the most serious injuries. One user has alleged that her toning shoes caused hip fractures, creating stress fractures in each of her hips. Many other users have experienced Achilles tendonitis, a painful inflammation of the large tendon at the back of the ankle, after wearing Skechers Shape-Ups or other toning shoes. Achilles tendonitis is often most painful after periods of inactivity, such as sitting or upon waking. An Achilles tendon rupture is where the Achilles tendon becomes detached at one point and requires surgery to repair.
Skechers Shape-Ups False Advertising Lawsuits
New Balance, which has its own line of rocker bottom soled toning shoes, was sued by a user over the company's multi-million dollar advertising campaign's claims that the shoe increased muscle activation by 27% and calorie burn by 10% with every step the wearer makes. The University of Wisconsin rocker bottom sole toning shoe study for the American Exercise Council was referenced in the toning shoe lawsuit.
Legal Help for Those Suffering from Skechers Shape-Ups Achilles Tendonitis and other Achilles Tendon Injuries
We are currently investigating claims of persons having been injured after repeated use of Skechers Shape-Ups, Skechers Tone-Ups or MBT, New Balance, or Reebok toning shoes with rocker botom soles to determine whether those injuries were caused by a dangerous and defective design. We are especially concerned about Achilles tendon injuries, including Achilles tendonitis and Achilles tendon ruptures, as well as stress fractures of the hips and other bones.
Skechers Shape-Ups Achilles Tendon Injury Lawsuits
If you or a loved one believes you may have suffered an injury after using Skechers Shape-Ups or other toning shoes under normal use, please contact us for a free Skechers Shape-Ups injury case review. You have legal options and rights and we're here to help.
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