Some women may feel under pressure to wear high heels while they are pregnant, but these ladies are risking injuries and strains to their feet, ankles and ligaments.
Pregnant women often wear flip flops, ballet pumps and Ugg boots, which don’t work because they offer little support.
What types of shoes should pregnant women wear? Keep reading!
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When women are pregnant, their muscles and ligaments may soften and stretch because of an increase in the ovarian hormone “relaxin.”
High heels can alter your posture, shorten your calf muscles and place increased pressure on your joints when they are already under strain (from pregnancy weight), which can result in a foot problems.
Ballet pumps, flip flops and Ugg boots are not good during pregnancy because they don’t provide your feet with enough support.
If you’re pregnant, try to choose well-fitted, round toed and low heeled, comfortable shoes with straps to support the foot and ankle. Your shoes should always minimize discomfort and prevent chances of long-term damage.
The good news is there are many different shoes available that are fashionable, supportive and comfortable. Always make sure there is half an inch between the longest toe and the end of the shoe.
Here are a few easy shoe tips to keep your feet healthy while you’re pregnant (and afterwards as well):
Wear comfortable, supportive footwear, ideally with a strap, laces, or Velcro. Supportive footwear with extra shock absorption, a supportive arch and firm heel is very important.
if you must wear heels, then try short a heel height of 1-1.5 inches, as this shifts your weight a little further forward to the feet, which can help reduce the discomfort.
Of course, it’s best to avoid wearing high heels as this can place unnecessary pressure on joints at a time when they are already under strain.
Keep active by keeping your lower limbs moving even when resting. Lying on your back and simulating riding a bike will help muscles in your legs and reduce swelling. Rotating your ankles can also prevent cramps. Of course, always check with your doctor before doing any exercises.
If you have foot pain, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with a foot and ankle doctor about your foot and/or ankle needs.