How Pregnancy Affects Your Feet
Pregnancy brings about a lot of chemical and physical changes in a woman’s body. Some of the symptoms of these changes are well known—morning sickness and back aches. But some effects of these changes aren’t so well known, including how pregnancy affects the structure and health of your feet and lower body.
During pregnancy, women inevitably gain weight, and the body produces a number of hormones to support the growing baby and prepare the body for delivery. Additional weight and chemical changes affect the feet and lower body in a number of ways, including:
One of the hormones produced during pregnancy is relaxin, which makes ligaments more pliable. Relaxin does not just work on ligaments around the abdomen and birth canal. The ligaments in your feet are affected, too. Many women experience foot lengthening, sometimes as much as a full shoe size. And the change in foot size may be permanent.
Many women experience gestational diabetes. Because blood glucose issues may be limited to a relatively short period, women may be at lower risk for developing complications associated with diabetes, like neuropathy. However, women should be vigilant about maintaining their foot and overall health to prevent nerve damage, blood clots, etc.
Increased weight means increased stress on weight-bearing joints in the lower body. Increased impact can increase the risk of injury and brings about general aches and pains from the feet to the lower back.
Increased fluids, increased weight on the lower body and the increased circulatory demands also makes swelling in the feet and legs common in pregnancy, especially in the last trimester.
How You Can Adapt Comfortably
The right footwear can greatly increase your comfort during pregnancy. Shoes that fit properly and reduce impact can relieve lower body joint pain and prevent foot problems and impact-induced injury. Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear® are the best shoes during pregnancy because they provide:
Ample foot room
Z-CoiLs shoes have an extra wide toe box and removable insoles to provide space for swollen feet. Z-CoiLs can be adjusted to provide a little more “give” to further enhance comfort.
Significant impact reduction
The spring-loaded heel reduces impact by up to 60% with every step according to tests conducted by the US Department of Energy. The impact reduction offsets the impact increase that results from natural weight gain to protect joints from undue wear. And with the combined effect of the forefoot rocker bottom, Z-CoiLs eliminate jarring movement to make every step more comfortable.
Whole body support
The coil system can be adjusted to correct over-pronation, an abnormal gait that often develops during pregnancy in response to increased impact. By maintaining natural joint alignment from the feet up, Z-CoiLs prevent the painful effects of over-pronation.
Z-CoiL Pain Relief Footwear also provides energy-return to help fight fatigue and help you get the low-impact exercise you need to support your growing baby’s health and your overall health!
Essential Footwear During Pregnancy
Just like you need maternity clothes to fit your changing body, you need Z-CoiL Pain Relief Footwear to fit your changing feet. And you can get pregnancy footwear that fits your personal style. Z-CoiL shoes are available in a number of stylish designs for athletic activities, hiking and everyday casual wear. Contact us or find a Z-CoiL distributor to discuss the size and custom adjustments you may need to accommodate your changing feet. All Z-CoiL products come with a 30-day risk-free trial, so you’ve got nothing to lose!
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