Would you recommend toning shoes to patients?

Yes
20% (47 votes)
No
50% (116 votes)
Not enough information
29% (68 votes)
Total votes: 231
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Anonymoussays: August 27, 2010 at 11:33 am

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.

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Anonymoussays: August 27, 2010 at 11:46 am

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.

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Anonymoussays: August 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm

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

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Anonymoussays: August 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm

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

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Anonymoussays: August 27, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I have found that the shoes cause back and hip pain

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Anonymoussays: August 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm

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.

DocMikeNYC@yahoo.com

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Anonymoussays: August 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm

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.

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Anonymoussays: August 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm

It's a marketing ploy.

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

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Anonymoussays: August 27, 2010 at 12:43 pm

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.

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Anonymoussays: August 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm

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

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