Crocs aren’t for everyone. But we think it’s fair to say that if you like them, you LIVE in them.
However, for those that are fans of the holey, plastic, dishwasher-safe shoes are in for a shock. Because as it happens, they might actually be ruining people’s feet. Eep!
Yep, despite being hailed for being super comfy and practical, Crocs actually come with a hefty list of problematic side-effects.
‘Unfortunately, Crocs are not suitable for all-day use’, Dr Megan Leahy, a leading podiatrist, told The Huffington Post.
And it’s Crocs’ backless quality that makes them a danger to our tootsies, according to Megan. ‘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.’ Crikey!
To be fair, this can happen with any backless shoes (flip-flops included), so Crocs are just one of a bad bunch. But it’s pretty scary, especially as many young children wear them too.
There are even case studies proving the potentially harmful nature of the popular Croc, with Dr Alex Kor adding: ‘Patients are more likely to have foot pain if their shoes bend in the shank (the centre section).’
‘On a daily basis, I see patients who come into my office complaining of arch or heel pain and they are wearing Crocs. The only two types of patients that may benefit from wearing Crocs are patients that have a very high arch or those who suffer from excessive edema of their legs and ankle.’
He added: ‘But, under no circumstances can I suggest wearing Crocs 8 to 10 hours per day.’
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Hmm. Time to warn your dad/nan/sister.