We all like footwear that is open and allows our feet to breathe in the heat of summer; sandals are in order, but many people love “flip flops” and “Crocs”…due to their comfort and ease of slipping on and off. Both flip flops and Crocs, however, have been seriously critiqued by the medical profession.
The Crocs company have made claims of therapeutic health benefits for the feet, that have not been backed up by any scientific data. According to Dr. Alex Kor, the president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, any shoe that doesn’t contain the “shank”, which supports the entire arch of the foot, should not be worn for hours at a time. Neither flip flops nor Crocs contain a shank, and as such should be worn for a quick errand or to the beach only. Kors goes on to say that he sees patients complaining of severe arch and heel pain when Crocs are their primary footwear.
A podiatrist at the “Illinois Bone and Joint Institute”, Dr. Megan Leahy, says that because Crocs and flip flops leave the heel unstable, there is a tendency to grip on with the toes which eventually leads to “tendonitis, worsening of toe deformities, nail problems, corns and calluses”. The bottom line is that they can’t be worn for hours at a time without resulting in foot problems.
All this being said, you will hear about a further hazard of wearing flip flops and Crocs, in the VIDEO you are about to watch below. There have been case after case, of Crocs getting caught on ESCALATORS, and causing severe damage to both children’s and adults’ feet! They actually havethe potential for more serious consequences both on escalators and getting stuck on brakes in cars. Flip flops present the same hazards. Let us know what you think after watching the following footage.
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