Crocs are bad for your feet, at least for long-term use, say podiatrists about the rubbery, brightly colored clog footwear loved by wearers and scorned by critics, all according to The Huffington Post
The waterproof, lightweight shoe was launched in 2002 and exploded into a global sensation by 2007 as children and parents started sporting them, and annual sales topped $847 million, according to Bloomberg
Healthcare providers on their feet for hours on sloppy floors especially like Crocs because they're ventilated and comfortable, and can go right in the shower.
But Dr. Megan Leahy, a podiatrist at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute in Chicago, told the Huffington Post in a somewhat exclusive that the shoes should not be worn every day or for long periods of time.
"These shoes do not adequately secure the heel," said Leahy. "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."
Another podiatrist, Dr. Alex Kor, told the Post that the shoe is the "poster child" for footwear with flexible shanks, which could lead to pain in the arch and heel.
"Patients are more likely to have foot pain if their shoes bend in the shank," said Kor, president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. "… In other words, on a daily basis, I see patients who come into my office complaining of arch or heel pain and they are wearing Crocs."
Kor said he would not suggest wearing Crocs eight to 10 hours per day. Leahy added that the footwear is best for wearing in short intervals.
That is probably not good news to the shoe's owners who were plotting a Croc comeback last year, according to Bloomberg.
The clog remained popular elsewhere, selling nearly 30 million pairs and accounting for 45 percent of the company's $1.2 billion in annual sales, with key markets in Europe, Japan, and China, said Bloomberg.
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