ACADEMY FOOT AND ORTHOTIC CLINICS SHARES ADVICE ON PREGNANCY AND FEET
posted: Feb 04, 2014.
Pregnant women need to observe good foot health to prevent pain and discomfort. Since the body undergoes changes and acquires a new weight-bearing stance, women should wear shoes with broad-based heels that provide support and absorb shock. Additional body weight also calls for more support, to prevent foot "breakdown."
The expectant mother often experiences more than ordinary swelling of her feet and ankles, which can aggravate existing foot conditions and promote inflammation or irritation. Pregnancy also triggers the release of hormones which enhance laxity in ligaments, which can contribute to foot strain. If problems develop, she should see a podiatric physician. Women Over 65
Older women have more trouble with their feet than younger ones, for the simple reason that fat pads on the bottom of the feet tend to deteriorate in the aging process. They can alleviate some foot problems by wearing properly fitted, well-constructed shoes--shoes which provide cushioning and have a soft, flexible upper that will conform to the shape of their feet. They also need leather shoes which "breathe" and can reduce the possibility of skin irritation. Soles should be lightweight, with enough flexibility and shock-absorbing quality to provide solid footing and not be slippery. Low-heeled shoes provide greater stability, more protection for the feet, and greater comfort. Because older women often have circulatory problems, they have a special need to keep their feet warm in cold weather, to prevent frostbite or chilblains.
If you are looking for competent, honest advice regarding foot care for women, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Hardy, owner of Academy Foot and Orthotic clinics at 416-465-8737.