Love them or dislike them, Crocs — the rubber clogs that started out in 2002 as boater-floaters for Jimmy Buffett kinds in Florida but have now sold more than 300 million pairs in 90 countries — are here to stay.
Treasured for their consolation, rubberiness and floatability, they’re equally popular with toddlers and Mario Batali.
“They are great at the dog park or in the backyard where I am likely to step in something that is very difficult to clean off sneakers but goes off easily with a hose or a wipe from my clogs, ” one wearer writes in an Amazon review.
“Great protection for toes and great to lounge around. Also great for traveling in tropics with aquatic activities, ” another tells.
Good phases, all.
Crocs are affordable, and at this phase, classic … but what do podiatrists — you know, actual physicians who want you to live your best life — think about them?
They’re not fans — at the 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 supporting, ” she added that the real reason you shouldn’t wear them over long periods of time is that “these shoes do not adequately procure the heel. When the heel is unstable, toes tend to grip which can lead to tendinitis, worsening of toe deformities, fingernail 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 thatthe 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.
Crocs, according to Kor, “are the ‘poster child’ for shoes with a flexible shank . … In other words, on a daily basis, I ensure patients who come into my office complaining of archway or heel ache and they are wearing Crocs, ” he said.
“The only two types of patients that may benefit from wearing Crocs are patients that have a the highest arch or those who suffer from excessive edema of their legs and ankle, ” Kor told. “But, under no circumstances can I indicate wearing Crocs 8 to 10 hours per day.”
Leahy concurred, telling HuffPost that Crocs are “OK to be applied for trip-ups to the beach or the pond, but should not be used for long walks. I do notice that children( and even adults) tend to journey and autumn more in these shoes.”
If you’re going to walk out with your Croc out, it’s best to do it in short intervals, lest you take a walk in Florida, where the Croc was born, trip into the marsh and fall into the mouth of a waiting crocodile, thus completing Mother Nature’s circle of life 😛 TAGEND
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