US university discovers pregnant women more susceptible to foot problems

Pregnant woman on sofa with feet upA woman can expect many changes to take place to her body while she's pregnant but one of the most common, and unrecognised, is that her feet are likely to grow. And what's more, according to a study by the University of Iowa, the change is likely to be permanent. Cafemom.com's blog The Stir reports that the university has measured the effects of pregnancy on a woman's feet, and found that roughly two-thirds of women not only find their feet getting longer, but wider too. Article author Julie Ryan Evans notes that the report's main findings mostly point out that a woman's first child has the greatest bearing on changes to the size in the mum's feet. In addition to this, of course, this will be the first time when a woman has to come to terms with stretch marks, yet these can be treated by many cosmetic and non-surgical methods. Yet there are also many more musculo-skeletal problems which can be brought on by pregnancy, University of Iowa Professor Neil Segal says in his study. "It is possible that foot changes that occur during pregnancy may help explain why, in comparison with men, women are at higher risk for pain or arthritis in their feet, knees, hips and spines," Ms Evans wrote. Read more: http://thestir.cafemom.com/pregnancy/152055/pregnancy_makes_womens_feet_bigger