Ballet Flats, Flip Flops Unsuitable During Pregnancy

Ballet Flats, Flip Flops Unsuitable During PregnancyUK's Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SCP), an expert organization of registered podiatrists, made a lot of declarations on June 15 regarding the do's and don'ts for healthy feet, whilst you are on the family way for June's "Feet for Life" month.

The suggestions of the SCP are based on statistics from an online study of one thousand expectant or formerly (within two years) expecting females carried out by One Poll as well as fieldwork during May 23-30.

In the survey, women accounted feeling stressed to be fashionable and choose style over health and women, whilst pregnant preferred high heels (32%), ballet flats (53%), flip flops (66%) and Ugg boots (30%).

Predictably, 70% had foot problems such as inflamed ankles (37%), puffy feet (45%) and arch and heel soreness (16%).

Lorraine Jones, podiatrist and member of the SCP, said that weight increase and hormonal changes during pregnancy have a big affect on the body. Muscles and ligaments become softer and enlarge due to a boost in the ovarian hormone relaxin that makes your feet more liable to ankle and ligament damages on an everyday basis. High heels change your stance, curtail your calf muscles and put amplified pressure on your back and knees.

She said, "Shoes like ballet pumps, flip flops and Ugg boots are also unsuitable for daily wear in pregnancy because they don't provide your feet with the necessary support".