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Pregnant women stiletto warning

15th June 2010

Experts have said that pregnant women could be putting their feet in danger if they regularly wear fashionable footwear.

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The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists carried out a poll of 1,000 pregnant women and discovered that 66% wore flip-flops on a regular basis. 

Over half the women polled wore ballet pumps (53%), while 30% wore Ugg boots and 32% wore high heels.

50% of the women said they felt pressured to "keep up with celebrity trends".

Podiatrist Lorraine Jones said these types of footwear did not offer enough support and could prove uncomfortable in the long term.

The poll found that 70% of pregnant women said they had problems with their feet.

Nearly half (45%) said their feet became swollen, while 37% had swollen ankles and 16% suffered arch and heel discomfort.

Lorraine Jones said: "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."

The society said women should wear wide, supportive shoes which had a small 3cm heel in order to prevent problems.

 

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