Do toning shoes really work?

There are vast amounts of options and “gadgets” out there to help you lose weight, tone your body and stay healthy. Some are simply a waste of time while others are legitimate tools that actually help.

Do toning shoes work?

There is no evidence available to support that toning shoes can “get you toned without stepping foot in a gym.” While creators of toning shoes claim that the shoes burn more calories with every step and make your leg muscles toned, researchers have found no difference between toning shoes and regular athletic shoes.

The rocker bottom of the shoe’s sole is said to create an instability that would make your legs work harder to stay balanced. Again, research completed does not show this to be true. On another note, the unstable bottom could prove dangerous for people who already struggle with their balance. Toning shoes can also alter a person’s gait, which could lead to knee, hip and back problems.

When in doubt, check it out.

Contact Dr. Danciger to learn more about whether toning shoes would be good for the overall health of your feet and body.


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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle