Toning footwear had been all the rage a while back. The manufacturers of these shoes used to make unbelievable claims for them. These claims ranged from encouraging weight loss to reducing cellulite to firming the butt to treating sore backs. These shoes were built with a rocker on the sole intended for increasing muscle activity to get those presumed benefits. Unfortunately, the evidence failed to support the claims and there was a lot of litigation from unimpressed customers and many manufacturers had to negotiate multi-million dollar pay outs with the Federal Trade Commission.

While all that is in the past you can find some of these shoes available and they still do have some support from those who are knowledgeable about them. The shoes can change the way that you move and then for some individuals that could possibly result in an improvement in some things like low back pain. At the same time, it could make some individuals with low back pain feel worse. There is a lot of effort being directed at studying just what toning shoes actually do and exactly who will benefit from them and who may be hurt by them. Different people will likely respond differently the shoe.

Foot doctors seem to especially like these types of toning shoes because of the kind of patients that they see. The rocker sole character of the shoe means they are especially great for those with a sore great toe joint, as with the footwear the joint does not need to move as much. However, while that could be useful for that joint it will put more force on the ankle joint so might create or make more painful problems at the ankle joint. It was issues like this that led to the legal issues previously and need to be carefully considered by anyone advising or using these shoes. Toning shoes do have their uses and they can be helpful for the right individuals with the right issue.