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Shape Shoes- Good or bad?

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.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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