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Crocs and Plantar Facsiitis

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by lucycool, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. lucycool

    lucycool Active Member

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    Hi guys,

    Does anyone else have experience in crocs (possibly) helping cause plantar fasciitis?

    This is a theory I'm looking at as I've had a few patients who developed PF after regularly wearing crocs as daily wear.. just wondering if it was just my patients or if anyone else has seen this? Do people think this is possible?


  2. Lucy if we look at Plantar fasciitis/Fasciosis and the cause of this is increased tension in the plantar fascia , which then leads pathology. ie the tension has gone past a point at which it leads to tissue stress, and this change in tension is caused by changes in Gait when wearing Crocs then yes Crocs cause an increase in plantar fascia tension which has become pathological.

    But it would be impossible to say wearing crocs cause ...... it will be different from person to person.

    As for why you wear Crocs is beyond me as personally think that people who do should be put down. Buts that a whole different thread.

    Would solve the pain in the Plantar fascia as well. :D

    Hope that helps
  3. Griff

    Griff Moderator

    Like Mike says, any shoe which increased the tensile loading forces in the plantar aponeurosis to pathological levels could 'cause' plantar fasciopathy in an individual.

    Not noticed a correlation with Crocs myself. If anything, people often find Crocs can be quite helpful when struggling with plantar heel pain - certainly better than being barefoot on the laminate flooring first thing in the morning, and tend to be more cushioned and contoured than most slippers.
  4. drsarbes

    drsarbes Well-Known Member

    I'm with Ian.
    In fact, on a personal note, I wear Cocs almost daily during the summer at the office and in surgery and my feet feel great!
  5. I have three pairs of Crocs and I often wear them around our tile-floored home. I recommend them for house shoes for many of my patients with plantar fasciitis. I don't recommend them for all-day wear, but they are a great "around-the-house" slipper and also are nice at the beach.

    As far as these shoes causing plantar fasciitis.........that's a load of Croc!:rolleyes:
  6. Deborah Ferguson

    Deborah Ferguson Active Member


    I also wear Crocs during my working day in the summer months and I like them because I can fit my orthoses into them perfectly which means I can wear my insoles all year round without having to worry too much about buying suitable summer sandals and finding the orthoses slid around and out the back of the sandal. They therefore may useful for patients with orthoses with PF.
    They're not very glamorous though !


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  8. Jenene Lovell

    Jenene Lovell Active Member

    As an around the houe shoe, they are definately a better solution than wearing nothing, especially if people do have that pain first thing in the morning situation. I haven't meet anybody that has been wearing croc's and has ended up with plantar fasciosis... but i have many years of treating patients left in me so that may change...

    No, they aren't the most glamorous shoes... but wouldn't it be better to wear a shoe (even if it is croc's) and relieve that pain, than to go round barefoot and for the pain to still be there...
  9. Ian Drakard

    Ian Drakard Active Member

    What do you wear Steve? Doesn't that put the patients off?
  10. Peter G Guy

    Peter G Guy Member

    Hi everyone
    I recommend medical grade Crocs for in door use on ceramic tiles and hardwood floors for patients suffering from heel and arch pain. I do have one caution, they must wear the back strap on their Crocs. And yes I also wear them around the house. But I would not be caught dead outside with them on.
  11. Paul Bowles

    Paul Bowles Well-Known Member

    Does the concept of "negative camber" (in other words heel lower than forefoot during midstance) in a crocs shoes bother anyone?
  12. Paul Bowles

    Paul Bowles Well-Known Member

    I was more referring to the croc allowing the heel to be in this position under force from strike/load
  13. toughspiders

    toughspiders Active Member

    SO funny lmao
  14. hann

    hann Active Member

    on a similar vein has anyone had patients coming in with medial knee pain who have been wearing fit flops ?
  15. flipper

    flipper Member

    Paul, Yip the lowering of the heel relative to the forefoot is something that concerns me. Especially in those heavier patients where the crocs (the big clumpy ones) tend to squash down. But i don't have much of a problem with the croc flipflop for in house footwear as it has good contour and doesn't seem to bottom out at the heel.
    one of the reasons i get concern is the amount of forefoot dorsiflexion (among other things) during gait I tend to see in this part of the world.

    I suppose its all about finding what the root cause of the problem and addressing that. So I can see how crocs (clumpy ones) can help.

    Whose tried the Orthaheel flipflops.. now those are the business.

  16. JoePerkinsST

    JoePerkinsST Welcome New Poster

    HELL YES THE NEW HARD BOTTOM CROCS CAUSE PF and bursitis. I am a Surgical Technologist and I went through all of the Nikes, Adidas, Rebok, and then I went on to try Crocs. It was 07 and they were soft bottomed. They lasted till 01/2011 and when I got the replacement pair I noticed they were harder bottomed. Within 2 weeks I had a Fx calcaneus and bilateral PF w/ bursitis. They caused such severe damage to the bottoms of my feet that I have been restricted and finally totally crippled 10/2011. I have X-rays and MRI's of the damage. I know the rules about liable defamation, and I am not afraid. Crocs should be afraid of me, I am considering a lawsuit becuse after the initial damage I was injured and could not work, now I am very worse off with no income. They owe me lost wages, dr bills, and pain and suffering because I am still in pain. I am 1 step away from a wheel chair for at least 2 mos. They have definitely jeopardized my future in surgery, exercise, and overall wellbeing.
  17. Griff

    Griff Moderator

    A new pair of crocs resulted in a fractured calcaneus within 2 weeks???
  18. Elizabeth Walsh

    Elizabeth Walsh Active Member

    As long as there is no unseen spillage on those tiles

    I don't know if the sole of the medical grade Crocs differs from the regular Crocs, but
    wet tiles or slippery footpaths are quite dangerous, major falls risk IMO

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