Love Your Crocs? We've Got Some Bad News

Tim S  ·  June 04, 2016  ·  Health

Most people have a love-hate relationship with Crocs. The rubbery slip-ons first hit the market in 2002 as boat shoes by a maker in Boulder, Colo. Since then, the company has expanded to include more than 300 different styles of shoes including boots, ballet flats, wedges and loafers.

But many have been left wondering whether these spongy shoes are really good for your feet.

"Unfortunately Crocs are not suitable for all-day use," Dr. Megan Leahy, a Chicago-based podiatrist with the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, tells The Huffington Post. "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."

But what if you get the ones with the back strap like Mario Batali?

(Photo: Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Still no good says Dr. Alex Kor, president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.

According to Kor, the problem lies in the flexible shank of the shoe - the portion between the heel and the toe.

"Patients are more likely to have foot pain if their shoes bend in the shank," Kor tells Huffington Post. "I see patients who come into my office complaining of arch or heel pain and they are wearing Crocs."

While both are quick to dismiss the all-day wear of Crocs, they do admit that they're okay for the short term.

"OK to use for trips to the beach or the pool, but should not be used for long walks," Leahy says.

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Crocs, Feet Pain, Back Pain, podiatrist, Illinois Bone and Joint Institute

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