Monday, July 30, 2007
Medical Reports: Croc Craze
Clogs, platforms, flip flops, there's always a shoe craze, and these days, it's all about Crocs. People swear by their comfort, but some claim they have helped with medical problems? Seven's Richard Lemus gives us the low-down on this Croc Craze.
WSVN -- From a stroll down Lincoln Road, to little tikes on their bikes. Lots of people are footing the Croc craze.
Michelle: "We're a Croc family."
Michelle, her husband and son all wear them. They each have several different pairs and swear by their comfort.
Michelle: "It definitely is much more than a fashion trend. The fact that they are so comfy makes all the difference."
But Michelle also believes the shoes have helped ease her back pain and foot problems.
Michelle: "I do have a bunion on my foot right now. The Crocs have helped keeping that in check. It just doesn't hurt. It's almost like it's not there."
Crocs hold the seal of approval by the American Podiatric Medical Association, which means the shoes have been found to be beneficial in promoting good foot and ankle care.
And most doctors agree they're good for the feet, when used properly.
Dr. Abraham Wagner, South Miami Hospital Podiatric Surgeon: "I think there is a time and place for the Crocs. I think they are great for the beach or hitting the corner market or something, just walking around."
Because the shoes are wide and roomy, Podiatrists say Crocs can help with foot problems like severe heel pain and bunions.
But they also warn Crocs should never replace medical shoes or orthotics.
Dr. Wagner: "The orthotic is completely different. The orthotic controls the abnormal motions that we as humans go through on a day-to-day basis."
When it comes to choosing a summer shoe, Dr. Wagner says Crocs are better for your feet than flops.
Dr. Wagner: "Comparing Crocs to flip flops, I definitely think the Crocs are better. They are closed in the front, which provides more protection as well as support."
As for Michelle, she plans to keep her Croc family together, cruising around in comfort.
Michelle: "No one is going to tell me stop wearing them. I don't care how ugly they tell me they are."
Richard Lemus: "Keep in mind, there are no scientific studies that show Crocs are medically good for your feet. See a podiatrist first before using any shoe to treat a foot problem."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
South Miami Hospital's Physician
Referral Line: 786-596-6557