Are Crocs Good For Your Feet? What Foot Doctors Are Saying

(Last Updated On: March 23, 2019)

“Are Crocs Good For Your Feet?”

Is a broad question that gets asked a lot.

The thing is, Crocs (and shoes in general) are not one size fits all. It’s quite impossible to generalize a particular shoe or brand across all foot types and conditions to say whether or not it’s “good.”

So, in this article, we’ll break that question down a bit and examine Crocs in the context of 3 common foot conditions:

  1. Plantar Fasciitis
  2. Diabetic Neuropathy
  3. Pes Planus (otherwise known as “flat feet”)

Let’s get on with it, shall we?

Are Crocs Good For Plantar Fasciitis?

Crocs were first introduced in 2002 and ever since then, there has been a significant increase in demand.

Over 300 million pairs (in like 300 million colors) of Crocs have been sold in over 90 countries.

Despite Crocs resembling a hideous hybrid (IMHO) of a Chevy El Camino and a clog, it stands to reason that people love them for their comfort…not their looks.

are crocs good for your feet

That includes people with plantar fasciitis.

Crocs are known for both their arch support and cushioned insoles.

Which just so happen to be two of the most important features one should look for in plantar fasciitis footwear.

So, yes…

Crocs are pretty good for plantar fasciitis, generally speaking.

But only for short term use (as opposed to all day).

According to Dr. Megan Leahy, a Chicago-based podiatrist with the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, they should not be worn over a long period of time.

According to Dr. Leashy, Crocs offer nice arch support, but being that they poorly secure to the heel, they leave your toes unstable.

As the toes instinctively try to grip on surfaces to stabilize themselves, it increases the likelihood of tendinitis.

Essentially, by fixing one leak, another one sprouts up.

Another podiatrist, Dr. Alex Kor, President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, said another reason not to wear Crocs for an extended period because of how flexible the shank is (i.e. the supportive structure between the heel and toes).

Diagram of a dress shoe
Not the kind of shoe we’re talking about but this should give you an idea of where the “shank” is.

According to Dr. Kor, “Patients are more likely to have foot pain if their shoes bend in the shank.” said Kor.

A Suitable Croc for Plantar Fasciitis

Crocs Unisex Relief Clog
  • Crocs
  • 4 M US Women / 2 M US Men
  • Pearl

This Croc is designed to be firm but not stiff. It has comfortably padded insoles. The shoe is designed to bend with every step you take while providing you the needed support. Some users have found it very beneficial in stabilizing their feet and minimizing foot pain.

The Bottom Line

Crocs may be worn to relieve plantar fasciitis, but should not be relied upon for all-day comfort.

Are Crocs Good For Diabetic Neuropathy?

From the look of things, a good number of doctors are recommending Crocs to their patients with diabetic neuropathy.

For example, Harold Glickman, the former president of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), says that these crocs “are especially light.

He goes on further to say that the shoes “For people with diabetes, Crocs offer added value in the protection they provide. Because people with diabetes have reduced circulation in their feet, Glickman says, they’re at higher risk for open sores and wound infection. The spare room and antibacterial properties of Crocs help combat these problems.

However, it should be stated here that Crocs has since been slapped with a $230,000 fine for their false “antimicrobial” claims.

From a purely structural standpoint, people living with diabetes have found that Crocs do an adequate job in protecting their feet.

As you may be aware, the reduced extremity circulation associated with diabetic neuropathy means that the nervous system is also compromised.

Meaning that people with this condition simply don’t know when they have an open would, because they can’t feel it. This often leads to infection and in some cases amputation.

A Suitable Croc for Diabetic Neuropathy

Due to the risks involved with diabetic neuropathy, we’re going to strongly recommend you speak with your doctor before purchasing any Crocs.

The Bottom Line

Due to the spacious toe box, Crocs may be a good option for those with diabetic neuropathy. However, because of Crocs’ history of lying to the public (i.e. false antimicrobial claim), we suggest you tread lightly and talk to your doctor first.

Are Crocs Good For Flat Feet?

Flat feet, otherwise known as fallen arches or pes planus, is something that a lot of people deal with.

Minnesota-based podiatrist, Paul Langer, says “Flat feet can be somewhat tricky” and reassures readers that “Just because you have flat feet doesn’t mean you’re doomed to have foot problems. Some people do just fine with flat feet.”

Crocs can be especially beneficial to those whose jobs require them to be on their feet for a better part of the day, just so long as they don’t also have plantar fasciitis (as discussed above).

The main thing you should look for in shoes for flat feet is arch support. As discussed previously in this article, Crocs deliver in this category.

A Suitable Croc for Flat Feet

Crocs Unisex Specialist Clog
  • Classic clog with grippy outsole and massaging footbed
  • Enhanced arch support
  • Massaging footbed

is a good fit for people with flat feet. They are designed with enhanced arch support. This particular Crocs nubs across the wearer’s footbed to give you a massaging comfort. The Crocs Croslite foam cushioning makes it fit comfortably as it molds to your feet.

The Bottom Line

Crocs are generally fine for those with flat feet. They have sufficient arch support and great padding that molds to your foot. Be sure to discuss with your podiatrist first.

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