Are Crocs bad for your feet? Some podiatrists say yes

The rubbery clogs, known as Crocs, may be easy to slip on, but they aren’t great for your feet, according to some podiatrists.

For better or worse, the rubber Swiss-cheese-like casual footwear hit the shelves in 2002, and are now available in a slew of styles and colors. While the clogs are often praised for their ease and comfort, they aren’t suitable for “everyday use,” Megan Leahy, a podiatrist with the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, told the Huffington Post.

She told Huffington Post that while Crocs offer “nice” arch support, they are seriously lacking in other areas.

“These shoes do not adequately secure the heel,” Leahy told the Huffington Post. “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.”

Leahy told the Post that the shoes are fine in short spurts, like trips to the beach, but should not be worn for long walks or extended periods of time.

But while the average Croc may not be great for your foot, Foot and Ankle Associates of north Texas, note on their website that Crocs sell a special line for medical professionals, dubbed Crocs Rx.

According to the site, the shoes can be a good substitute for slippers or garden shoes, and are made with a deeper insole so that orthotic inserts can be worn with the shoe.

But before you order them, you should check with your podiatrist to confirm the shoes are right for you, according to the Foot and Ankle Associates of north Texas website.

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