Toning or unstable shoes had been all the rage a while ago. The manufacturers of these footwear made unbelievable promises for them. These claims ranged from helping weight reduction to reducing cellulite to tightening the glutes to curing sore backs. These shoes had a rocker on the sole intended for increasing muscle activity to get those assumed benefits. Sadly, the research did not stack up and there was a lot of litigation from unimpressed consumers and several manufacturers were required to make multi-million dollar settlements with the Ftc.
While all that is in the past you can find some of these types of footwear on the market and they still do have certain support from those who are familiar with them. The shoes do affect the way that you walk and for some individuals that could sometimes lead to an improvement in some things like lower back pain. Equally, it may make some individuals with low back pain feel worse. There is a lot of research being directed at investigating just what the footwear do and precisely who will benefit from them and who may potentially be harmed by them. Different people will likely respond in a different way the shoe.
Podiatrists seem to especially like these sorts of toning shoes because of the kind of patients that they see. The rocker sole design of the shoe means they particularly useful for those with a sore great toe joint, as with these shoes the big toe doesn't have to move as much. However, while that may be helpful for that joint it does put more load on the ankle joint so can create or make more painful issues at the ankle joint. It was problems like this that led to the legal issues previously and need to be carefully considered by anyone promoting or using these shoes. Toning shoes do have their uses and they may help for the right individuals with the right condition.