Should I Be Worried About Wearing Toning Shoes?
You may have seen in the news that a 38 year old Ohio waitress is filing suit against Skechers. She claims that, having used Skechers Shape Ups extensively over a five month period, she suffered two fractures as a direct result of wearing them. There’s been a lot of publicity over this – and there’s even a website (the first of many no doubt) which has been set up for Shape Up wearers to leave details of their injuries, real or imagined, so that lawyers can evaluate their claims and determine whether or not they have a potential case.
If you’ve been thinking about treating yourself to a pair of toning shoes, or even if you’ve already got one or more pairs, then you might, quite naturally, be a little concerned about the prospect of injury or damage. With FitFlops, you can put your mind at ease. They have been extensively tested and, if used correctly and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, the risk of injury or damage should be absolutely minimal – no more than normal walking (which is a low impact, low injury risk way to take exercise in any event).
First things first – all of the shoes in the FitFlop range have received the American Podiatric Medical Society (APMA) seal of acceptance. If you don’t quite know what that means then here is the definition, according to the APMA’s website:
The APMA Seal of Acceptance is granted to footwear, insoles, hosiery, materials, and equipment that allow for normal foot function and promote quality foot health.
Note that receipt of the APMA seal does not constitute an endorsement of the toning benefits of FitFlops – because that’s not something that is especially interesting for the APMA. What it means is that FitFlops are “foot friendly” and good for foot health. However, that is something that’s very comforting to know.
Not all toning shoes have received an APMA seal – but there are some others in addition to FitFlops. You can see a full list of APMA approved toning footwear here.
FitFlops Are Comfortable To Wear
One of the things that may surprise you a little if you talk to someone who owns FitFlops is the fact that they are much more likely to tell you about how comfortable their FitFlops are than to discuss the toning benefits. It’s due to the fact that the specially designed sole provides more support than a normal shoe and helps to reduce the average pressure exerted by the weight of the body on the soles of your feet.
You will be surprised at just how comfortable FitFlops are. Many shift workers who spend long periods of time on their feet during the course of their working day use FitFlops due to their extreme comfort. In fact, the latest addition to the FitFlop clogs range – the Gogh Pro clog – is specifically aimed at hospital workers who spend long hours on their feet due to the nature of their work.
FitFlops Are Tried And Tested
FitFlops have undergone a great deal of testing at the London South Bank University (LSBU) and Salford University – both in the UK. The FitFlop “microwobbleboard” sole has been specially designed by experts in bio-mechanics, not just tone and trim your lower body, but to relieve stress on joints and reduce jarring impacts. The end result is a range of footwear that helps you to get in shape, is wonderfully comfortable to walk in and can help to reduce joint and foot pain.
How To Choose Toning Shoes And Use Them Safely
- Look for toning shoes which have been awarded the APMA seal of acceptance.
- Make sure that your new toning shoes are a good fit.
- Take time to break in your toning shoes – just like you would do with any normal pair of shoes.
- Use your toning shoes in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not use toning shoes designed for walking for running, jogging or any sporting activity which involves sudden changes in either pace or direction unless they are specifically designed for this.
- Before exercising, remember to stretch your muscles. Start slowly in order to allow your muscles to warm up and have a similar cool down period at the end of your workout.
- If you have any medical problems, seek the advice of your doctor prior to starting any new exercise program (whether you wear toning shoes or not).
In summary: FitFlops are not only safe to wear, but they are astonishingly comfortable to walk and, in addition to the well known toning benefits, can even help to relieve foot and joint pains.