Chances are you own a pair of Crocs or know someone who does. The footwear company, which made its breakthrough in 2007, has projected global sales of 600 million pairs of shoes by 2020 (via Forbes). The COVID-19 shift toward working from home has given a big boost to the company’s 2020 sales, as many of us have traded in our “business” attire for the comfort of home.
Crocs were originally designed as boat shoes, with their non-slip soles and waterproof, lightweight, foam-like material. They’re ideal for an afternoon at the beach, the pool, or the water park. Now, however, you see Crocs virtually everywhere – including hospitals, playgrounds and shopping malls. The reasons are obvious, as any die-hard Crocs fan can attest: They’re super comfortable, lightweight, and easy to slip in and out of. However, you may be wondering if you should really be wearing Crocs all the time.
Are Crocs Good for Your Feet?
For something as mundane as shoes, Crocs have stirred up quite a bit of controversy since they first hit the market in 2002. Many people hate the plastic shoes because they consider them unfashionable, while others virtually adore them for their comfort. But as we’ve discussed many times, the type of shoes you wear has a huge impact on the comfort of your feet. So where do Crocs lie in this regard?
Crocs are designed to be very loose, open shoes that give your feet plenty of room and space to breathe. Because of this, they can actually have very positive effects for people who struggle with a number of issues. The shoes were originally designed for people who suffer from plantar fascia pain, the ligament that runs from the heel to the toes. They provide good arch support, but also have very cushioned insoles, making them a very comfortable choice for people who suffer from this type of pain. While this is one of the reasons they were designed this way, they have other benefits as well.
In addition to the obvious benefits of their comfort, the roominess that Crocs offer makes them extremely comfortable for people who have just had foot surgery, and many surgeons now recommend wearing them during their post-operative recovery. This extra space also makes Crocs a good choice for anyone who suffers from hammertoes, where one or more toes are curved or bent in an unnatural way. Hammertoes are a common problem for people who wear shoes that are too small for them. The extra space that Crocs provide means that they are more comfortable and do not exacerbate the condition. However, Crocs alone cannot reverse the condition, which will only get worse over time. If you think you have hammertoes, you can save yourself a lot of time, pain, and money by addressing the problem early.
The combination of space and comfort that Crocs offer also makes them a good choice for people who suffer from bunions, warts, burns, boils and so on. Because they have become so popular with people who struggle with foot problems, Crocs has released the Rx line, which is specifically designed to treat foot problems. Many of these shoes feature antibacterial linings to prevent infections in people with open wounds. There is even a pair that is suitable for office use, so people can constantly care for their feet without looking unprofessional.
The shoe is also a very good choice for diabetics, which may surprise many. As you may know, the feet are often very affected by diabetes because they are the part of the body farthest from the heart and their location makes it difficult for blood to circulate. This can lead to many open wounds, which in turn can often lead to infections. Crocs’ roominess, cushioning and antibacterial properties make them the ideal choice for diabetics at risk of foot problems.
There are several theories that claim that clogs/Crocs are not good for the feet. Let’s get to the bottom of this and find out what podiatrists have to say about it. After all, who better to judge shoes than them.
For people who wear them once or twice a week, they are undoubtedly comfortable. But for those who want to wear them regularly, they should listen to what the doctors have to say:
“Unfortunately, Crocs are not suitable for all-day use. While they provide good arch support, the heel is not adequately secured. When the heel area is unstable, the toes tend to get pinched, which can lead to tendonitis, aggravation of toe deformities, nail problems, corns and calluses. The same can happen with flip flops or other shoes without a heel because the heel is not secured”.
Dr. Megan Leahy, Podiatrist at Illinois Bone and Joint Institute in Chicago. (Source: Huff Post]
“Patients are more likely to have foot pain if their shoes buckle in the shank. The only two types of patients who may benefit from wearing these shoes are patients who have a very high arch, or those who suffer from excessive edema in the legs and ankles. But under no circumstances can I recommend wearing these shoes 8 to 10 hours a day”.
Dr. Alex Kor, President of The American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (Source: Huffpost).
“One of the problems with wooden shoes is that they restrict the natural movement of the foot. The foot naturally flexes and pushes on the ball of the foot to move forward. Instead, clogs force the foot to push forward, ‘changing the way you walk,’ not for the better.”
Dr. Andrea Waters-Rist – Bone & Joint – Western University On Clogs in General.
“Stay away from clogs…. Yes, clogs are often a comfortable choice for people who stand for many hours at a time because the heel cup is open or low and the heel is elevated. However, they are inherently less stable.”
David I. Pedowitz, M.D. Orthopedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University, Talks About Clogs in General
In addition, researchers say these shoes are not suitable for travel or other purposes that require good footwork. It is now clear that the reason for this is the Croslite material. As you all know, these shoes do not protect the heels. When the heels are not supported, the toes tend to balance and grip. This can lead to tendonitis. Not only these Crocs shoes, but all shoes that do not support the back can also lead to health problems.
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