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Post pregnancy and Podiatry

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by lcp, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. lcp

    lcp Active Member

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    Gday all,
    I have been asked to give a talk to a local breastfeeding group in regards to the affect pregancy has had on the new mothers' feet. Now apart from the usual "standard" foot care advice, does anyone have any suggestions as to what I might be able to cover?
    Thanks in advance
  2. Admin2

    Admin2 Administrator Staff Member

    Related threads:
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  3. Mark Egan

    Mark Egan Active Member

    Hi LCP

    Podiatry related issues Pre and post pregnancy that you could discuss are many and varied as indicated by admin 2 post. But I would probably focus on the mechanical issues facing women in this group as the hormonal changes as well as centre of gravity changes and adjustments that their bodies are going through and how a good supportive shoe or thongs for getting around the house can not only ease foot pain but also issues with knees and SIJ issues associated with birth. The article on Angelie Jolie is a good one to use. Do you know if they are having a physio talk to them as well?


  4. lcp

    lcp Active Member

    Thanks Mark and admin, ill have a good look through that info. Mark, as far as I know, there has been physio's etc talk to the ladies in the past, but I'm not 100% on that. It is a pretty informal group, more of a get-together for them, that meets once a month. Thanks for your help, much appreciated.
  5. Fraoch

    Fraoch Active Member

    I know Dr. Linda Lang did some studies on longitudinal changes/ lengthening during pregnancy. I think this was done late 80s or early 90s, University of Brighton, UK.
  6. NIKO

    NIKO Member

    Dr. Adam Bird of La Trobe University Podiatry Dept if i recall correctly researched the area some years ago. It may be worthwhile searching for any published material.

  7. Paul,

    From experience, after pregnancy I found my feet increased a size and spread and that supportive shoes were helped enormously in the early days as you are so busy and on your feet a lot.

    good luck

  8. lcp

    lcp Active Member

    Thanks for your help everyone. What I decided to do in the end was keep it simple and just base the talk on any questions the mothers had regarding their kids feet, their own feet, and the changes that were occurring with each of those. Primarily, I found the biggest concern was in regards to the fact that most of the mothers were only just beginning to return to exercise and they were worried that their feet were starting to get sore. A bit of footwear advice, combined with a bit of self care advice, goes a long way.
    Thankyou all once again for your help, was definitely an interesting group to talk to. I now have a much greater respect for all the new mothers out there, one tough job that is!!
  9. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    The effect of pregnancy on footprint parameters. A prospective investigation
    AR Bird, HB Menz and CC Hyde
    Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Vol 89, Issue 8 405-409
    The Stance Phase of Walking During Late Pregnancy: Temporospatial and Ground Reaction Force Variables
    J. K. Lymbery and W. Gilleard
    J Am Podiatr Med Assoc, May 1, 2005; 95(3): 247 - 253.

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