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These feet are made for walking...just not while pregnant
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toginternational - July 19

Stretch marks, hormones and putting on weight are just some of the issues women have to tackle while pregnant. But how many of you have thought about flat feet, trapped nerves and bunions?

As the baby grows, the effect on women’s backs and feet has been likened to strapping a bowling ball to your tummy and trying to walk on soft sand.

The body’s natural release of the hormone relaxin helps loosen the ligaments around the pelvis – a welcome relief while giving birth, but in turn can have a major effect on the multiple ligaments in the foot.

Women’s feet could be a half or a whole shoe size larger, they could suffer fallen arches or “flat feet”, have painful heels or be retaining water in their feet and ankles that they can’t get rid of.

The list of potential problems goes on, but mums-to-be need not worry; a simple gait assessment can determine what the problem is, while a custom made plastic insole – known as a foot orthotic – can quickly and effectively help fix the problem.

TOG Orthotics is offering mums the chance to get 10% off orthotic assessments and TOG orthotics if they quote “TOG10” when booking. Call 0207 8732269.

 

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