Would you recommend toning shoes to patients?

20% (47 votes)
50% (116 votes)
Not enough information
29% (68 votes)
Total votes: 231


For young, healthy patients with no Achilles tendon issues, I don't see anything wrong with them for exercise purposes. For people with Achilles tendon issues and older patients with potential balance problems, I'd advise against them.

If there are no contraindications for them (i.e, age, unstable gait, Achilles tendon problems, etc.), I have no problem suggesting them but only if the patient needs the rocker sole. I do not suggest them as a "toning" shoe as I do not buy into the hype they will tone much at all.

Absolutely not! After 3 weeks of wearing them, I started to feel pain in my hips! Totally unnecessary ...

Doesn't walking tone up muscles? I have seen two severe falls in healthy athletic people using these shoes.

I have found that the shoes cause back and hip pain

Each patient/person is an individual. It also depends on rocker sole vs. shock absorbing heel or other modification. I have had amazing success at a much lower cost than custom shoe modification with rocker sole (MBT or less expensive Sketchers, etc ...). Don't discount their benefit based on one poor result.


20% of people can benefit, 60% don't and should kindly make a check out to my favorite charities since they're just throwing the moolah away by buying them, and the other 20% are in fact hurting themselves. I stole these numbers from someone who treats way more people than myself, but I won't use his name since I don't know if he feels comfortable with his figures. They seem right to me.

It's a marketing ploy.

They're so stiff soled, ideal for metatarsal stress fractures.

As with all muscle memory, the toning effects of the are likely short lived. Once the muscles have adjusted to this new gait format, I doubt there will be anything to gain.

Great for metatarsal pain relief on those with a stable ankle. I slowly have the patient adjust to them.

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