It’s Time To Ditch Your Crocs

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two pairs of crocs

Recently, there has been a lot of information about the pros and cons of wearing crocs. Here is the final verdict on the shoes: they are so two-thousand-and-late.

Evolution of the Croc

Crocs were created in 2002 as a boating shoe, and became popular for their great arch support and spacious fit.  However, a new line of crocs has recently hit the shelves attempting to march from the realm of comfort into the clinical. While the antibacterial lining of these new crocs has been prescribed for people with diabetes and foot deformities, the shoe itself can actually cause these deformities to occur. The main problem with these new crocs is that they do not sufficiently secure the heel. When the heel is not secured properly it can lead to tendinitis, toe deformities, nail problems and calluses.

It's All in the Shank

The most important part in any shoe is the shank, which is the supportive structure between the heel and the toe. Unfortunately, crocs are shoes with a very flexible shank. When shoes have a flexible shank, the heel of the foot slips around, causing a variety of issues like foot pain, nail problems, corns, and calluses. Although this can happen with any backless shoe, like flip-flops or sandals, the comfort provided by the croc can mask these issues.

Not For Long Term Use

Crocs are not supposed to be worn for long periods of time. A few hours wearing the shoes will not cause damage, but standing on them for hours a day can cause quite a few problems for your feet, your hips, and eventually your back. The real damage that can be done to your feet is if you exercise with crocs on. Particularly, tendonitis can form easily under these conditions. If you’re going to walk with your crocs on, it’s best to just do it in short intervals and not on an extravagant hike.

The Bottom Line

It is always important to have comfortable, well-fitting shoes to prevent injuries from occurring. Shoes like crocs are not only bad for your feet, but also have the use and efficacy of a flip flop, so why spend an upwards of twenty dollars on something podiatrists think you should not be taking out of the house?

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