Are Rocker Sole Shoes an Injury Risk or a Step Up in Shoe Technology?

In his recent Podiatry Today Blog, Dr. Patrick DeHeer, DPM, FACFAS, discusses his concerns with rocker-style shoes. Given the current popularity of rocker sole shoes, it’s interesting to capture the viewpoint of a well-recognized Podiatrist who treats foot and ankle conditions.

Dr. DeHeer writes, “The main concern I have had with both of these shoes is they make equinus worse.” He goes on to state, “Like many things, there are good and bad qualities for these shoes in my mind and their use should be based on individual patient needs.”

Read Dr. DeHeer’s Blog post here>> Are the New Rocker Sole Sneakers Worth the Hype?

Many manufacturers, from Reebok EasyTone and MBT Masai to Sketchers Shape-ups have developed a form of rocker shoes. Regardless of any biomechanical effect they may have, the shoes have certainly gained popularity amongst fitness aficionados. What are your thoughts on rocker-style shoes? We welcome your comments and a healthy discussion!

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One thought on “Are Rocker Sole Shoes an Injury Risk or a Step Up in Shoe Technology?

  1. I was playing squash today and when I ran to make a shot i couldn’t stop because my feet rolled forward and i launched into the wall. Bad, bad shoes. I am pretty banged up.

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