Why You Should Stop Wearing Your Crocs
Posted On Feb 08, 2016
Attention all beach bums, moms, and hospital staff:
I’m sorry to break it to you, but crocs are actually bad for your health.
There are two views on Crocs. The people who have one in every color with the little clips to go along with it, and the fashionistas who swear against letting people see them wearing them. For the lovers of Crocs, it’s often justified by the high level of comfort they get while wearing these rubber clogs, but new research has actually proven otherwise.
As it turns out, Crocs, who has sold more than 300 million pairs in over 90 countries, are actually not very comfortable long term.
Chicago based podiatrist, Dr. Megan Leahy stated that “unfortunately, Crocs are not suitable for all-day use. These shoes do not adequately secure the heel. When the heel is unstable, toes tend to grip which can lead to tendinitis, worsening of toe deformities, nail problems, corns and calluses. The same thing can happen with flip-flops or any backless shoes as the heel is not secured.”
Well this is awkward. I’m pretty sure that Crocs co-founder, Lyndon Hanson stated the complete opposite:
“These shoes were designed specifically to eliminate plantar pain and achy feet. They also help people with injured feet, bunions, and diabetes. They’re ideal for people with foot problems.”
Dr. Alex Kor, president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine also finds crocs to be a problem by saying that “patients are more likely to have foot pain if their shoes bend in the shank. I see patients who come into my office complaining of arch or heel pain and they are wearing Crocs.”
Ahhh, so that explains the pain I’ve been feeling.
But before you toss out all your pairs, Crocs are suitable for shorter days including beach trips and running errands that won’t take all day. However, if you’re planning on walking around for more than 6 hours, you should probably overlook the Crocs in your closet, even if they’re constantly calling your name.