While I in no way endorse Crocs as passable footwear, I have, on occasion, toyed with the idea that they may just have received the Nickelback treatment. That's the phenomena where a group of people, most likely on the internet, start hating something generic and lame to such an extent that slowly the whole world catches on and just can't let go. While the Croc-positive have always maintained arguments like "it's not that bad" and "comfort over looks", there's new information that's come to light which might turn their whole world upside-down.
According to Huffington Post, the structural problems with Crocs can leave you vulnerable to a whole variety of health problems, all because the open back and loose strap leaves your heel and shank unstable.
I actually feel kind of bad for those who've been rocking the Croc all this while, because the problems actually seem pretty serious, and hey, if you're of the Croc-inclined variety, who am I to judge. Also, it's not like only one voodoo-loving Croc-hating foot doctor made the claim either, a whole bunch of podiatrists have echoed the sentiment.
According to Dr. Megan Leahy, "Unfortunately Crocs are not suitable for all-day use. 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. The same thing can happen with flip flops or any backless shoes as the heel is not secured."
Damn, that shit sounds nasty! If you don't believe me, ask anyone with an ingrown toenail. But wait, there's more (and it's all bad)!
According to Dr. Alex Kor, "Patients are more likely to have foot pain if their shoes bend in the shank. 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. But, under no circumstances can I suggest wearing Crocs 8 to 10 hours per day."
If you don't give a damn about everything written above and still plan on slangin' then Crocs, I salute you!
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