What is the Deal with Rebound Shoes?

The jury's still out on whether rebound shoes can really prevent running injuriesHave you seen these so-called rebound boots around yet? They look like regular shoes with little wheels attached to them, but are actually just workout boots connected to 6-inch springs that deflate when your feet hit the ground. Manufacturers claim that wearing them can reduce foot pain during workouts and help prevent running injuries, but when you take a look at the science behind those promises the jury still appears to be out on whether or not they really hold true.

While the shoes are recommended for running outdoors or for use in indoor exercise classes, their benefits are not fully proven and they do have some down-sides to them. What’s clear from studies is that they do decrease the force with which your foot hits the ground, and that people who wore them in a study saw a reduced risk of shin-splints and injuries (they also had to work harder during exercise, meaning the shoes might have a positive cardio-vascular effect on your health.)

On the flip side, however, people wearing rebound shoes got more blisters and experienced arch pain, something manufacturers say may be caused by buckling the boots too tightly. Kind of lame for a pair of shoes that can be worn in few settings and that sets you back about $230!

If you ask me, training properly and understanding the bio-mechanics of your own foot and arch type is the best way to prevent pain and injury during exercise, especially when you run. If you would like to feel better and run faster when you train, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today!

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.