They’re the shoes that have divided people for years: Crocs. And now, further fuelling the argument of the haters, a podiatrist has come out and slammed the shoe but for health reasons.
“Unfortunately, Crocs are not suitable for all-day use,” Dr. Megan Leahy, a Chicago-based podiatrist with the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, told the Huffington Post. “These shoes do not adequately secure the heel,” she said. “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, the president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, also told the publication that the most important part of any shoe is the shank – a supportive structure that rests between the heel and the tow and runs underneath the arch of the foot. “I see patients who come into my office complaining of arch or heel pain and they are wearing Crocs.”