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Specializes in Brain Injury Rehabilitation.

I just got a pair not long ago-a gamble though I must say. How they heck are they so good!?

I have Plantar Faciitis-I had Berkies which were so much better than my tennis shoes but man, my heels would hurt so bad, seriously, a 10/10 on that pain scale! Nothing seemed to help. I did the stretching, the ice, everything. Finally, I was just fed up with it. I even put padding in the heels. Didn't help. On a whim, I bought the crocs. I got the kind that don't have holes in them. Immediately my heels quit hurting. Now, my knees seemed to hurt more though-over a week or so, the knees quit hurting and NOW I feel wonderful. No more heel pain! I don't wake up in the am hobbling around like I am 90-I am so dumbfounded as to how they work and why they are so much better than the birkies. I feel bad though, My mom bought the birkies for me and I have no reason to wear them again.

I am 28 with some injuries and issues that add to my over all discomfort. I had bilat knee hyperextension when I was a Highschool cheerleader which is now arthritis. I have had a fusion of my lumbar spine too.

Simply amazed. BUT

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Has 14 years experience. Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

I have three pairs of imitation Crocs that I purchased at Target for $9.99 per pair and I absolutely love them for the comfort and ease that they provide. I work 16-hour double shifts and am able to wear my cheapie imitation Crocs for the entirety of the 16-hour shift without any pain or cramping whatsoever.

GeminiTwinRN, BSN

Has 13 years experience. Specializes in ICU/PCU/Infusion.

just curious, did you find you had to buy them a size bigger than your regular shoe size? i tried them on both ways- with and without the strap, and i don't like the feeling of my toes touching then end of the shoe.

i haven't bought them yet, just wondering ahead of time if the next size up fixes this problem. ???

glad your shoes and your heels are better!! :)

OneChattyNurse

Has 13 years experience. Specializes in LTC, MDS/careplans, Unit Manager.

i bet the next size up might be too big. i read somewhere (i think it was the crocs website) that you can lengthen the straps by holding the middle and pulling your fingers down the strap stretching it as you go. my toes touched in mine when i first got them but after a few days it was like they stretched out a bit. i don't usually wear the strap, i just fold it up over the top of my foot.

i love my crocs!

btw have you seen all the new styles on the website (crocs.com)? they even have a mary jane style now!

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Has 14 years experience. Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

I never, ever use the strap.

The facility I work at just banned them - the corporation says that they are a greater fall risk of sliding in urine, etc.

I think that's bogus, personally - I've tried to slide with mine on a wet floor, and they aren't any worse than other shoes.

DR2004RN

Has 6 years experience. Specializes in med/surg, oncology.

AMEN!! My sentiments exactly!! I too have plantar facitis and just bought some crocs. My heels were burning in my NIKES and no heel burning in my crocs. I do have achy leg pain in thighs and calves since I bought them. I do hope it goes away cause man I am sold on these shoes. (I just ordered another pair today hehe.)

I just got a pair not long ago-a gamble though I must say. How they heck are they so good!?

I have Plantar Faciitis-I had Berkies which were so much better than my tennis shoes but man, my heels would hurt so bad, seriously, a 10/10 on that pain scale! Nothing seemed to help. I did the stretching, the ice, everything. Finally, I was just fed up with it. I even put padding in the heels. Didn't help. On a whim, I bought the crocs. I got the kind that don't have holes in them. Immediately my heels quit hurting. Now, my knees seemed to hurt more though-over a week or so, the knees quit hurting and NOW I feel wonderful. No more heel pain! I don't wake up in the am hobbling around like I am 90-I am so dumbfounded as to how they work and why they are so much better than the birkies. I feel bad though, My mom bought the birkies for me and I have no reason to wear them again.

I am 28 with some injuries and issues that add to my over all discomfort. I had bilat knee hyperextension when I was a Highschool cheerleader which is now arthritis. I have had a fusion of my lumbar spine too.

Simply amazed. BUT

babyktchr, BSN, RN

Specializes in Nurse Manager, Labor and Delivery.

Crocs have totally cured my plantar hell. I started wearing them after I spent $130 on New Balance running shoes recommended by podiatrist. Since I started wearing the crocs, within 2 weeks the pain was GONE. Never knew that rubber shoes could work such miracles.

I don't understand the slip ban on the shoes. If anything, I get STUCK more. I am forever catching on the floor with my right foot. Others that I work with do the same.

I am glad others have found the same relief..I thought I was just nuts.

jenrninmi, MSN, RN

Has 11 years experience. Specializes in L&D.

I actually didn't get Plantar Faciitis until I started wearing Crocs. Wearing an insert helps though.

nurse_snoopy

Specializes in Neonatal.

I loved my Crocs and was able to work 8h shifts whithout feeling the slightest pain in my legs or knees. However, some time after I started wearing them, I got plantar fasciatis. Are they the cause? The guy who had to make my orthotics and my physiotherapist think so...

cardiacRN2006, ADN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac.

Love Crocs! I just bought my 6th pair today. I had to retire my first pair. They were 4 years old, no holes, but it was time...

DR2004RN

Has 6 years experience. Specializes in med/surg, oncology.

Crocs does make a style of shoe for people with PF. It is called the "Relief." I just ordered those yesterday, but the ones without the holes also accomodates my orthotics. They are so darn comfortable!

Gompers, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU.

The facility I work at just banned them - the corporation says that they are a greater fall risk of sliding in urine, etc.

I think that's bogus, personally - I've tried to slide with mine on a wet floor, and they aren't any worse than other shoes.

That's very interesting since one of the reasons Crocs were created was for people to wear on boats so they don't slip when they're on deck. Seriously.

I, too, find myself "sticking" to the floor in my Crocs.

I will say, however, that the cheaper "Beach" Crocs with the holes on the top shouldn't be allowed in hospitals. For only $10 more, you can get either the "Relief" or "Professional" versions that have no holes on the top but side vents for ventilation. The side vents have a lip around them so if you drip something onto your shoes, the liquid won't go straight into the vents, but instead will run around them.

Gompers, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU.

Straight from the Crocs website:

"Originally intended as a boating/outdoor shoe because of its slip-resistant, non-marking sole. By 2003 Crocs had become a bona-fide phenomenon, universally accepted as an all purpose shoe for comfort and fashion."

http://www.crocs.com/company/history.jsp

catlady, BSN, RN

Has 21 years experience.

I actually have a pair of Crocs on right now as I am stretched across my bed typing this. But they're not all that comfortable, and goodness knows, they're ugly as sin. I just put them on because they were the nearest thing to my feet when I needed to put something on! I bought them last year and have gotten very little use out of them. I tried wearing them to work again the other day because of what everyone said in this thread, but I wasn't particularly impressed. My good ol' Keds with an insert work just fine.

MiaLyse, APRN

Has 17 years experience. Specializes in Psychiatry.

I have bought the Skecher brand and the Airwalk from payless. I find them both very comfortable but the Airwalks are the most comfortable.

Straight from the Crocs website:

"Originally intended as a boating/outdoor shoe because of its slip-resistant, non-marking sole. By 2003 Crocs had become a bona-fide phenomenon, universally accepted as an all purpose shoe for comfort and fashion."

http://www.crocs.com/company/history.jsp

Thanks gompers! I'm wondering if the problem isn't with some knock-off brand.

I've thought of contacting Crocs to tell them of this.

Gompers, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU.

Thanks gompers! I'm wondering if the problem isn't with some knock-off brand.

I wonder that, too. I've seen the knock-offs - they are in no way made with the same material as Crocs. While they may be just as comfortable, they are not the same quality as far as anti-skid traction goes. PLUS - Crocs are antimicrobial so they don't absorb odors, which is quite a nice perk! I mean, $30-40 for nursing shoes these days is pretty cheap, so for work, I'd go with the originals.

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