What was once the darling of the footwear world is now being called into question as numerous podiatrists raise questions about the benefits of Crocs. These famous shoes, released to the public in 2002, were originally well-loved by individuals who wanted something affordable yet comfortable to slip onto their feet. Most people can easily recall the iconic look of these plastic-appearing shoes that typically come with a moveable heel strap and holes throughout the upper. While many still insist that they are comfortable and the perfect shoe for them, discerning shoppers should think carefully before handing over money for another pair of Crocs.
The first problem that many note is the fact that these shoes are often not secure enough for most situations. The wiggly heel strap does not keep the foot securely in place, particularly for those who wear socks with their Crocs. This can cause individuals to slip and fall and even to injure the feet.
One of the main injuries that can be caused by frequent Croc wearing is tendinitis as the toes constantly must curl to keep the shoe securely on the foot. However, this action can also lead to such concerns as poor toe or toenail growth and unpleasant calluses on the foot.
While Crocs do have adequate arch support, most versions of the shoe do not allow for the use of custom or pre-made inserts or orthotics, which can create arch pain or even heel pain in some users. This can also be caused by the ultra-flexible nature of Crocs, which may not adequately protect against certain foot conditions.
Some Good Points
Because of these concerns, most podiatrists do not recommend wearing Crocs regularly and instead counsel that they should only be used for very short times, such as trips to the beach or quick errands. When used only briefly or for short times as directed by a doctor, Crocs do have their strong points. They are certainly more supportive and protective than flip-flops and other open-toed, backless shoes are. They are also lightweight and very roomy, making them good choices for people with circulation trouble, foot and ankle swelling or skin concerns.
The Good Options
Those who are shopping for Crocs may want to try the Crocs Work collection, which provides the iconic shoes with some upgrades. The Work options provide thicker soles near the ball of the feet, foam footbeds and higher arch support for longer-lasting comfort. Also, buyers should be aware that the Crocs brand now makes numerous other shoe designs, some of which are far more supportive to the heels and the balls of the feet. For example, buyers may want to check out the slip-on clogs that do not have a moveable back piece.
As always, shoe shoppers should check with their podiatrists for the best recommendations for their needs. While Crocs may be recommended for some clients, they may be dangerous for others. Professional advice is always the best.