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Why You Shouldn't Wear Crocs All The Time

Jun 6, 2016 By Dan Bowman

I have a friend who swears by his purple Crocs, (yes, always purple - there's a story to back it up!) and wouldn't dare to wear anything else. If you're a fan, you'll likely agree that there is nothing better to slide into if you have sensitive tootsies. If you hate the things, you likely have your reasons, though they're usually based on the look of the shoe. Whichever camp you're in, it looks like the doctors are definitely not fans, and here's what they have to say:

Dr. Richard Deyo, a professor of medicine and health services at the University of Washington, says to those who claim health benefits from Crocs, "I'm a professional skeptic, and that applies here as well. Unless they have some persuasive randomized trials, I'd regard the therapeutic claims as theoretical."

So much for those arguments.

The president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, Dr. Alex Kor, notes that the most important part of any shoe is the "shank," a supportive piece that runs under the arch of the foot from toe to heel. That's strike two for Crocs - they are missing proper shanks.

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

The most accurate statement is from Dr. Megan Leahy, a podiatrist with the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. 

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“Unfortunately, Crocs are not suitable for all-day use," she says. "These shoes do not adequately secure the heel. When the heel is unstable, toes tend to grip, which can lead to tendonitis, 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.”

Sorry folks, I know you're longing to let your toes air out, but the verdict is in, and Crocs (and other backless shoes), are not good for your feet. If you do wear them - and I can't say I see Crocs going away any time soon - just remember: "Moderation in all things."

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... But maybe recycle them just to be safe!

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H/T: Aunty Acid

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