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Best Foot Forward – Are you wearing the wrong shoes?

by on July 2, 2010

A poll of 1,000 pregnant women for the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists found many regularly wore ballet pumps, flip-flops, high heels and Ugg boots. But the society says none of these shoes are suitable because they offer little support.

Weight gain and hormonal changes in pregnancy have a huge impact on the body. Muscles and ligaments soften and stretch because of an increase in the ovarian hormone relaxin, which makes your feet more prone to ankle and ligament strains on a daily basis.

High heels alter your posture, shorten your calf muscles and place increased pressure on your back and knees. In pregnancy this places extra pressure on your joints when they are already under strain – which can result in a host of foot, leg and back problems and could increase the likelihood of falls.

Denise Van Outen recently came under fire for wearing some gorgeous heels when showcasing her new range of maternity wear.

As a rule, the society says women should opt for 1.2in (3cm) heels as they shift weight a little further forward on to the feet, which can help alleviate discomfort.

It does lead to the question; How can something that feels so good, be so bad?  Especially in this hot weather with swollen feet, we’re not seeing many mums-to-be opting for court shoes over their Havaianas.

To read the full report: http://www.feetforlife.org

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