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Dizzy feeling
Started by Chris
Posted: November 5, 2009 at 19:48
I tried on my first pair of MBTs today and after about 15 mins of walking around the store I started to feel dizzy. After I took them off the feeling passed.

I do suffer from motion sickness quite badly so it may be just be me but I wonder if anyone else has experienced this and will it pass as I get used to them. I am really quite keen to get a pair as my posture is bad, I get backache, and I would like to tone my calf muscle after an Achilles tendon operation last year.
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Reply #1 by Mary
Posted: November 8, 2009 at 11:51
My husband has just bought his first pair and experienced dizziness too. Interesting.....
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Reply #2 by Cam
Posted: November 16, 2009 at 14:17
As a retailer selling MBT, RYN & Z-CoiL shoes, we recommend against selling these brands to people with vertigo or motion sickness. Many people with inner-ear vertigo feel "sea-sick" as soon as they try the shoes.

A flat-bottom shoe "anchors" the foot to the ground. If you want the feeling of improved posture, with the added benefit of muscle toning, I suggest you try Springboost or Earth shoes (I currently do not carry these brands). The negative heel will help with posture, and the forefoot build will hit the calf muscles harder.

A word of caution: break these shoed in carefully. Since your calf muscles are getting an extra stretch, it also stretches your Achilles tendon. If you "over-do" it in thew short run, you could experience Achiles tendon soreness.

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Reply #3 by Carol
Posted: August 1, 2010 at 21:22
MBT shoes caused me to have dizziness. I have history of inner ear problem with dizziness but no one warned me of MBT's causing this problem so it took a few days for me to correlate symptoms with wearing shoes. I only wore in the house and per my physicians recommendations, I will return the shoes.
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Reply #4 by Dr. N
Posted: November 21, 2010 at 18:32
On the contrary MBT shoes might be a "treatment" for benign parozxysmal vertigo
through better balance?

Why does MBT co make a reasearch on it.
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Reply #5 by by Lynette
Posted: April 30, 2011 at 02:45
I just received a pair of Earth sandals and tried them on. All of a sudden I was light headed and dizzy. I was fine when I took them off.
This is crazy!
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Reply #6 by WS in Austria
Posted: June 30, 2012 at 08:55
I do like my MBT shoes because I feel myself walking taller and they also reduce knee pain where my cartridge has thinned with age. (I'm 60.) I also notice, after two months of using them, that my calves and glutes are surprisingly well toned now. I live in Vienna where I don't need a car and walk everywhere and always take the stairs. My MBTs are actually fun to walk in.

Unfortunately, especially when I'm standing still talking to someone, the rocker soles frequently produce a disturbing sensation of dizziness. Before I realized my dizziness was being caused by the instability of my rocking MBTs, this sensation scarred me: dizziness in my age group can be a signal of various serious medical conditions (low or high blood pressure, heart conditions, headache, migraine, brain tumor, medications, metabolic disorders,etc. Google dizziness to learn more.)

After precluding those possibilities, I next mistakenly attributed the cause of my dizziness to my eye glasses needing adjustment. After careful observation in and out of my shoes, I am now clear it is the MBT rocker shoes producing my dizzy spells, especially towards the end of the day when I have less body energy.

Now that I am aware of what's happening, I'm no longer alarmed by momentary dizzy spells, and am actually curious to see if my body-balance system will simply adjust to the new input over time. I *DO* however, think that MBT SHOULD BE UPFRONT WITH THEIR CUSTOMERS IN EXPLAINING THIS SIDE EFFECT OF THEIR TECHNOLOGY TO THEIR USERS, because (aside from their legal vulnerabilities/responsibilities) as I mentioned before, dizziness can be symptomatic of other serious medical issues.
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Reply #7 by penny
Posted: August 7, 2012 at 08:12
first hear that,why have Dizzy feeling ?
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Reply #8 by Mary
Posted: August 15, 2012 at 01:47
I have Menieres disease, which is an inner ear vertigo problem. I love the MBT shoes, but notice I sometimes have a Menieres attack. I had the gentimiacin treatment in April to eliminate the vertigo, but recently had an attack after wearing the MBTs the day before. It doesn't happen while I have them on. It's been strange. Anyone else with Menieres have a similar experience?
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Reply #9 by ellen
Posted: May 5, 2013 at 01:38
I adore my MBTs! I have very painful neuropathy in both feet and these shoes help me
get around much, much more than I would otherwise be able. I accustomed myself to
my new shoes very quickly and the only balance problems I have are caused by my own

Perhaps some of the people complaining about these wonderful shoes should be using
multi prong canes or walkers to steady themselves. If you don't think you can manage
to wear the shoes....just take them off and wear another brand. There are thousands
out there to choose from.
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