Crocs are not good for your feet, a new study has found. The rubbery slip-ons are not suitable for all day use as wearing them can lead to a number of feet related issues.
“Unfortunately, Crocs are not suitable for all-day use,” Megan Leahy, DPM, a Chicago-based podiatrist with the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, told 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.”
Dr. Alex Kor, president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, said that people who wear crocs are more likely to have foot pain if their shoes bend in the shank. Shank, which is the most important part of any shoe, is a supportive structure that rests between the heel and toe, and runs under the arch of the foot.
“I see patients who come into my office complaining of arch or heel pain and they are wearing Crocs,” said Kor.
People are advised to wear Crocs for shorter span of time and avoid wearing them all throughout the day.