Fairfield woman's lawsuit claims shoes injured her hips

FAIRFIELD, Ohio - Shape up without going to the gym? It seems too good to be truebut that's exactly what Skechers Shape Ups shoes advertise.

Holly Ward of Fairfield gave them a try.

"I just wanted to tone up a bit. I'm already walking, I might aswell wear shoes that benefit me as well," said Ward, a server at arestaurant in West Chester.

She wore the shoes to work for five months then started toexperience severe pain. She paid her doctor a visit.

"The M-R-I came back a few days later and that's when herealized that both femoral necks had been fractured," addedWard.

She claims, and doctors agree that the injuries were caused fromwearing the Skechers Shape Ups.

Attorney Ron Johnson claims the design of the shoe is theproblem.

"No shoe should ever be designed to make you less stable orto change your stride, especially a shoe that is marketed to wearduring exercise or while walking," Johnson said.

Ward had surgery to repair the fractures and now lives withsix screws that hold her bones together.

Leonard Armato, President of Skechers Fitness Group said in astatement to 9 News that "the company is confident that Shape-upsare safe."

Armato also said that there are "scientific studies that supportthe fitness benefits of toning footwear at www.toningshoestudies.com,which has seven clinical studies on rocker-bottom shoes, includingtwo recent studies on Shape-ups."

Stay with 9 News and WCPO.com for updates on this lawsuit.

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