NEVER Put Crocs On Your Feet Again! Here is WHY
Crocs or the oddly shaped rubber shoes first hit the market in the early 2000’s. However, until almost 10 years later, they did not catch on in terms of popularity. Since then, they have become a popular alternative to sandals, flip-flops, indoor footwear and even shoes.
Although some people like their quirky appearance very much and even find them more comfortable than typical footwear, few studies are showing that purchasing these and similar rubber clogs can have serious effects on our health.
Foot Health related to Crocs
Crocs have become so popular, especially among children and adolescents. But people consulted many podiatrists on the effect that they have on our foot health. Their answers were not so positive. According to Dr. Meagan Leahy, a podiatrist, for proper footwear Crocs are not a suitable replacement.
“Unfortunately Crocs are not so suitable for all-day use,” Leahy says. “These shoes do not adequately secure the heel. Toes tend to grip the heel is unstable, which can lead to tendinitis. That means nail problems, worsening of toe deformities, corns and calluses.”
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common forms of tendinitis that affects the foot. This is when the plantar fascia, the tendon which connects your heel bone to your toes, becomes weakened and inflamed. This can cause excruciating pain and can also disable movement.
Plantar fasciitis, in serious cases, can result in a bone spur. This is a build up of calcium on the heel which results in a protrusion of bone to develop on the spot where the tendon connects to the ankle. This can cause further pain and also requires incredibly invasive surgery to correct.
Fake Crocs And Cancer
According to a lab analysis conducted in Germany, rubber cogs similar to Crocs as well as knock-offs of Crocs contain highly cancerous substances that can actually be absorbed through contact with skin.
German broadcasting institution Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) sent in 10 different types of plastic cogs to a lab in Germany for analysis. According to the test, six out of the 10 shoes provided contained cancerous chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH).
According to the 13th Report on Carcinogens (RoC), a public health document published by the National Toxicology Program, exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons has been linked to an increased risk of developing lung, liver and skin cancers.
Although the American brand Crocs did not contain any polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, the analysis found that it still contained substances that can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions.
If you still insist on wearing Crocs, wear socks. They will reduce the amount of contact that the material has with your skin. Also make sure that you are buying Crocs. there are a lot of cheap knock-offs that contain cancer causing chemicals.