I recently left a family practice as a Medical Assistant and I have to tell you that these things are NO GOOD!! We had so many people come in with ankle sprains and even a couple elderly women that actually broke their ankles because it is very easy to roll your ankle in them.
All you have to do to actually mimick them is when you go to walk, put your heel down and then roll your foot forward so that you have contact from start to finish., pushing up with your toes like a little spring. It will tighen your calves and if you do it right your buns as well.
My physical therapist does not like the Shape Ups. She discouraged me from trying them. Her view is that they can cause falls and other injuries. She recommends using safe core strengthening exercises instead.
My husband gifted me with a Wii and the Fitness board to work on my core muscles. Thanks, Al, for the great Christmas gift that will encourage me to exercise in a fun way!
Edited by: DIBABY1 at: 12/31/2011 (12:53)
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Until I bought my first pair 2 years I ago I could not walk the dogs without my feet and back having spasms. My podiatrist said they work for 75% of his patients' that have used them. My PT said it is like everything-it will work for some of us. My neighbor finally bought some and WOWZA for her, too! We walk our dogs for 40 minutes 3 days a week and she said her SI pain was gone.
i love mine i have 5 pairs in different colors, they take a little bit to get used to them,. i have a bad back, before these i was only able to wear the princess sneakers. you have to pay attention to your posture when you are wearing them or you can trip, i wear them to work, and to the gym to use on the treadmill.
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My PT said the same thing not to wear them. I told him after I had already bought them and started walking in them. He said to really watch my form when I walk because you can really hurt yourself not only your back but your hips knees and ankles.
When I first put them on I did what they said to do walk in them for only so long each day. Didn't walk in them over the winter and popped them on and went for a walk with my husband in the park and almost cried my hips hurt so bad (back was fine) so I checked online to see if anyone complained about their hips hurting and there are a lot of complaints. So I think if you follow the directions you should be fine. I also think they are the most comfortable shoes!
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That is interesting. My physical therapist suggested I not try them as she felt they would aggrivate my SI joint pain. But they were so comfortable when I tried them on I was hoping I could wear them. I may ask another PT and see what she says.
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Just wondering if anyone has tried the Shape up shoesby Skechers? I finally broke down and bought a pair since some SP friends on another team were talking about them.I bought them since I was starting my first job in 25 yrs and they promised they would help cushion the pounding a person's joint's take while exercising. I must say how impressed I was with them. I worked two 8 hour days back to back, though my back was tired it didn't hurt like it does when I go for a half hour walk in regular tennis shoes. The first time I wore them for 4 hours and thought they were extremely comfortable. I never gave it a second though until I went to bed and discovered my lower abs were sore like I had been doing crunches. If I can start walking longer and get in some ab work without knowing it my journey down the ticker is going to be much easier . They might not work for everyone but they certainly helped me .
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