Written by attorney R. Michael Bomberger

Why So Many People Suffer Broken Ankles from Skechers Shape-ups

The ankle is one of the most delicate joints in the body, and is made up of three bones and four strong ligaments and stabilized by a fifth ligament. While it is strong and able to bear the body’s weight and frequent use, unusual pressure or excessive use can easily give way to injury. Since its release, dozens of podiatrists, orthopedic specialists, and chiropractors have noted that the once-popular Skechers Shape-Ups’ sole design may be dangerous, increasing the risk of injuries for wearers. Unfortunately, dozens of people have confirmed those concerns and have sustained injuries, especially ankle injuries from wearing the dangerous Skechers Shape-Ups.

Stress on Ankles

The Skechers Shape-Ups toning shoes place an unusually high amount of stress on the ankles. While walking shoes should provide support and stability to minimize the impact on the body, the Shape-Ups are designed with a squishy rocker bottom sole that causes instability, making it more difficult for wearers to walk safely. The instability that Skechers claims will increase weight-loss also puts additional stress on the ankles. The muscles and ligaments strain more than usual to keep the body upright and walking normally, and the bones bear additional stress as the body is forced into an unnatural posture.

Types of Ankle Injuries

Since its popularization in 2008, the Skechers Shape-Ups have been linked to hundreds of injuries, with nearly 300 reports of injuries and adverse events on the Consumer Product Liability Commission website, Among those injury reports, ankle injuries are one of the most common. The complexity of the ankles and the nature of toning shoes give rise to a greater risk of ankle injuries such as:

  • Broken ankles
  • Muscle strains
  • Fractured ankles
  • Tendinitis
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Sprains

Legal Options for Skechers Shape-Ups Ankle Injury Victims

Those who have suffered ankle injuries as a result of the defectively designed Skechers toning shoes are advised to seek legal counsel regarding their eligibility to seek financial compensation. The Skechers Shape-Ups injury lawyers at Estey Bomberger are representing over 200 injured victims and have spent over a year preparing cases against Skechers. Having attorneys who are prepared and willing to face the international shoe manufacturer in court is a critical component to recovering the full and fair compensation you are entitled to receive. If you have any further questions on how Estey Bomberger Skechers injury lawyers can help you, please contact us via our website or 24/7 hotline today.

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