Crocs shoes: Do they relieve lower back pain?

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Crocs shoes: Do they relieve lower back pain?

Question

Are Crocs shoes as effective in relieving lower back pain as many people claim?

Cheryl
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Answer

Perhaps. Anecdotally, some people have reported that Crocs — the popular, clog-like shoes — reduce back pain. But no scientific studies support the use of one brand or style of footwear over another in relieving chronic lower back pain.

If you have lower back pain, your doctor may recommend heel inserts to reduce stress in your lower back and absorb shock through your spine. It's possible that Crocs shoes — and other soft, comfortable shoes like them — may provide the same benefits.

If you have lower back pain, you can try Crocs shoes to see if they help. But heel inserts may be a simpler and much cheaper first step before investing in new footwear. When buying footwear, avoid shoes with heels taller than 1 inch (2.5 centimeter), which can exacerbate back pain.

Last Updated: 02/01/2007
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