So what are the best shoes for pregnancy?

23 Sep

Amazingly it seems that the best sort of a shoe is one with a low heel ie up to about 3 cm, rather than a pair of flatties.  According to the Society of Chiropodists 70% of pregnant women suffer form some kind of foot problem such as swollen ankles, swollen feet and arch and heel pain. But many regularly wear ballet pumps, flip flops, Uggs and even high heels, that offer little support for the foot and can make these problems worse.

Less surprising is that fact that the Society suggests pregnant women wear supportive, wide fitting shoes to minimise discomfort in the short term, and, more importantly, long term damage in the long run. As Lorraine Jones , from the Society of Chiropodists  explains “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 hormone relaxin, which makes your feet more prone to ankle and ligament strain on a daily basis.”

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

“As a rule”, she says “ women should opt for  three cm heels as they shift the weight a little further forward on the feet which can help alleviate discomfort” She also recommends that high heels should only be worn very occasionally, if at all, and even then only at events where there isn’t much standing required! Lorraine also advises that women choose a shoe with a strap that will keep it firmly in place and a toe box that is wide and high enough to fit comfortably – either rounded or square shaped – but not pointed.

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