A podiatrist weighs in on foam clogs

Last Modified: 8/20/2021


This post was written by Ashley M. Bojrab, DPM, FACFAS, ABPM, CWS, PPG – Podiatry.

Evenings and weekends often call for comfortable clothing, including footwear. Foam clogs (commonly referred to as Crocs™, based on the popular brand), have a loyal fanbase based on their light weight, ease of sliding on and off, roominess and cushioned base. They’re easy to clean and affordable. Particularly during the pandemic, when many are spending more time at home or outside, the option is finding a new wave of devotees. But like all good things, we have to ask if they are really good for us.

The pros

Because they are so spacious, foam clogs are a comfortable and convenient option for those who have foot deformities such as hammer toes, foot swelling or pain from an injury. The cushiony feel is a welcome reprieve for those with arch or foot pain. They’re also a great choice for a day at the pool or beach, as the rubber sole offers protection against hot sand or pavement.

The cons

Foam clogs might be great to take the dog out or go get the mail, but from a podiatry perspective, they are lacking in providing adequate support. Wearing them for 10-12-hour workday, when you are mostly on your feet for extended lengths of time, can cause complications such as tendonitis, nail issues, blisters, foot pain or corns/calluses. I would not recommend them for playing sports, exercising or wearing for long periods of time.

The verdict

If you’re trying to relax and don’t have far to go, foam clogs are a comfortable option. They can even come in handy when dealing with a painful foot condition. But if you’re putting in a few hours of work or planning a workout, opt for a shoe option that offers the support your foot really needs. You can find more recommendations here.  

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