Some people love them, some people hate them, but Crocs are here to stay – those rubbery clogs that are popular for anyone from second graders to senior citizens. People love them because they are flexible, affordable, and dependable, but if you think you’re wearing them to prevent foot pain, think again. Sure, these shoes may be comfortable and maybe even a mainstay in your closet, but are they good for your feet? Learn what podiatrists think in the article excerpt below.
Posted by Huffpost Style
Here’s What Podiatrists Think About Your Crocs
Crocs are affordable, and at this point, classic ... but what do podiatrists — you know, actual doctors who want you to live your best life — think about them?
They’re not fans — at least not the doctors we spoke with.
“Unfortunately Crocs are not suitable for all-day use,” Dr. Megan Leahy, a Chicago-based podiatrist with the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, told HuffPost. While she granted that they “offer nice arch support,” she added that the real reason you shouldn’t wear them over long periods of time is that “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.”
Dr. Alex Kor, the president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, told HuffPost that the most important feature in any shoe is the shank, the supportive structure between the heel and the toe. “Patients are more likely to have foot pain if their shoes bend in the shank,” said Kor.
Just like chocolate, wine and Netflix, Crocs are good for you in moderation. When it comes to traveling, going to the beach, running errands or doing yardwork, they can be a worthwhile thing to have in your wardrobe. However, they aren’t meant to wear consistently because they don’t offer adequate support and stability. If Crocs – or any of your footwear – are causing you chronic foot pain, it’s time to change shoes, no matter how much you love them.
If you ignore your foot pain and try to push through the pain it will only get worse and cause you more problems later on. If you’re experiencing chronic pain in your feet and would like a free assessment, contact the best podiatrists in NYC at Adler Footcare. We offer the latest advancements in the field of podiatry because we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.