My wife has been asking me a about using these shoes and the possible downsides for her low back, hip and knees and ankles. I always get concerned when we alter the biomechanics of our walking through using weights, radically different shoe wear, etc.
Things to consider when wearing shape shoes:
- If you have had past musculoskeletal injuries I would consult with healthcare practitioner prior to wearing especially foot and ankle problems.
- Past history balance problems this shoe may require more control and pose a fall risk because of the increased muscular activity the shoes require.
- If wearing orthotics consult with your podiatrist prior to starting.
Consider a weaning period prior to wearing shoes for a full day especially folks who stand for extended periods. For example start out an hour the first day and add an hour each day.
- No real research in medical journals on potential risks of shoes
Moderately concerned that you have to focus on changing the way you walk for this shoe. Realisticaly, if you wear a shoe all day are you really focusing on how you are walking throughout the day and does that change when you are walking without the shoes.
I’m the first to acknowledge that these shoes may have benefits but be aware of the potential risks and make an educated decision. If you are in a high risk category maybe it would best to “Keep It Simple Stupid” KISS and pursue a conservative exercise program with more known risks and precautions.