Monday, January 29, 2007
Medical Reports: Walk this Way
What if a shoe could help you lose weight or ease your back or foot pain? Well, some new kicks on the market claim to do just that by changing the way you stand and move. Seven's Christine Cruz explains in tonight's medical report, Walk this Way.
WSVN -- From Elvis' blue suede shoes to Nancy Sinatra's boots, shoes are said to make the man or woman.
But, these days, shoes are actually making a difference in the way people shape up.
Karen Cabrera: "Even when you're just standing in them you can see your muscles working in your legs."
Last October, Karen Cabrera bought a pair of Chung Shi shoes with the hopes of slimming down.
The makers of the new kicks claim they're scientifically designed to help burn more calories, tone muscle and improve posture simply by wearing them!
Karen Cabrera: "I did the exact same workout, followed the exact same diet, and I have the measurements to show that the shoes really did the job."
For her, the shoes were a step in the right direction.
Karen Cabrera: "I lost a little over two inches off each thigh, three inches off my hips. I think I look totally different since October."
Chung Shis aren't flat like most sneakers.
Instead, a rocker bar in the middle of the shoe helps you keep perfect posture.
Plus it makes you work to balance, so you use neglected muscles.
Dr. Arthur Segall: "The front of the shoe and the back of the shoe have a 15 degree or 20 degree slant."
And they aren't just for weight loss.
Podiatrist Arthur Segall recently started recommending the shoes to his patients to help ease back and foot pain.
Dr. Arthur Segall: "They're getting relief from problems in their knees and lower back that they thought would never go away."
Nikki Levine: "They've really helped make my knee feel better."
Nikki Levine believes the shoes helped her walk away from some of the pain of tendonitis.
But doctors warn the shoes aren't a perfect fit for everyone or for every activity.
For Karen and Nikki, Chung Shis are the way to walk.
Every step they take is toward a healthier lifestyle.
Karen Cabrera: "If you're going to go out there, and you only have 30 minutes to work out, you want to get really good results."
Christine Cruz: "The shoes are not cheap. Prices start around $240, but they're supposed to last longer than regular tennis shoes."
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