Wearing Crocs may be bad for your feet


A sample of Crocs shoes on display in a midtown New York City shoe store 21 February 2007. Crocs is an American company founded by Lyndon “Duke” Hanson, Scott Seamans, and George Boedecker in July 2002 in Boulder, Colorado. Originally intended as a boating/outdoor shoe because of its slip-resistant, non-marking sole, crocs introduced its first model, the Beach at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show and has become one of the most trendy shoes in the United States. AFP PHOTO Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO — Walking in Crocs may leave you limping.

The rubbery clogs are a popular choice in summer months, and according to podiatrists, they do offer good arch support. But Crocs are not meant to be worn for extended periods.

“[T]hese shoes do not adequately secure the heel,” Dr. Megan Leahy of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute in Chicago told the Huffington Post. “When the heel is unstable, toes tend to grip which can lead to tendonitis, worsening of toe deformities, nail problems, corns and calluses.”

Added Alex Kor, president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, “[O]n a daily basis, I see patients who come into my office complaining of arch or heel pain and they are wearing Crocs.”

Crocs were originally started as a boating shoe back in 2002. The company now provides a wide array of multi-seasonal designs. The shoes are known for being soft and lightweight.


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