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​Crocs Are Cool, But Are They Good for Your Feet?

Everyone in our family has a pair of Crocs. We love them. But are they good for your feet?


“Because of their popularity, Crocs have become the casual shoe of choice for many families. These clog-like shoes offer some protection as well as comfort,” says Roxanne Toole, D.P.M., a specialist in Podiatry at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. “It’s a good shoe to wear when you’re walking on the beach, going to the supermarket or hanging around the house.”

Considered a therapeutic shoe, Crocs provide long-term relief from foot pain and is an ideal footwear alternative for people who have had foot surgery or people who have certain health conditions. Dr. Toole uses Crocs in her daily practice and advises her patients who have had foot surgery to wear them following surgery.

“I encourage patients to wear Crocs after their surgery, especially when their feet are still swollen,” adds Dr. Toole. “These shoes are a good transition before returning to normal shoe gear. I recommend Crocs Rx for diabetic patients during the summer months because they are more comfortable than traditional diabetic shoes. They are extra wide and are much cooler to wear in the Houston heat. Plus, they have more room in the toe box that protects hammertoes routinely seen in diabetics, and they are lined with antibacterial material that prevents bacterial and fungal infections.”

Unlike athletic shoes which provide the support your feet need to play sports, Dr. Toole says Crocs should not be worn when exercising or playing sports

“Even though I do recommend Crocs, they are not ideal for hiking, running or playing tennis,” says Dr. Toole. “There is no substitute for a good sneaker when you exercise or participate in athletic events.”​

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Roxanne Toole, DPM

​I believe to treat a patient well, you need to know them. It is important to understand the demands of their daily lives and how their pain affects their activities. It is important to educate them on their diagnosis so that they can become an active part of their own treatment.​