Podiatrist Dr. Oliver Zong explains how a woman’s center of gravity changes during pregnancy, as well as the three main dangers to her feet.
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Lisa Masterson: What a lot of women are doing and you ladies know that I love my heels and we seem like we’re you know down on the heels, but there are times when it can be risky for your health to wear those heels and pregnancy is one of them, so I want you to just take a look at this. Male: Pregnancy rumors were swirling around Mariah Carey rose to a new high last week when the singer toppled during their concert in Singapore. Always the concert-performer, Mariah never missed a beat and continue to sing her song while handlers worked to remove her high heeled shoes. Moments after the incident, Mariah quipped “Obviously I’m not supposed to be in heels, fishnets.” Lisa Masterson: Pregnant women should not be wearing heels as much as I love mine that’s when it’s really not healthy and that’s because a woman sense of gravity goes off when she’s pregnant and she can have a risk of falling which is obviously going to risk her health and the baby’s health. And again as much as I you know love heels it can cause back problems in pregnancy and I will see my cutest little mommies in this high, high, high, high heels and you know and they’re complaining about their back pain. The first thing I see I do is look at their shoes and you know – Jim Sears: A lot of them, they see the celebs in the magazines, pregnant wearing heels but you got to remember that picture was probably taken at a special event, they probably wore their heels for half an hour and that was it. Lisa Masterson: Somebody might have been behind them with some flip flops or something. Jim Sears: Right, just for the picture – Lisa Masterson: Flip flops can actually be bad too because they don’t have any support. You actually need something with a lot of support and it is difficult – it’s hard for my pregnant women because as you get more along the pregnancy your feet start to swell. And so actually having something around your feet can be uncomfortable because it’s painful and irritating and then they change sizes throughout the day. So that’s really why they say barefoot in pregnant because you just can’t fit into any shoes. Travis Stork: But I want everyone out there to pay attention because when Dr. Lisa says there’s a reason not to wear high heels it means there’s a good reason. We actually have someone here to add more insight into this topic. Please welcome podiatrist, Doctor Oliver Zong. So explain to us this correlation between high heels, pregnancy, danger, not dangerous. Oliver Zong: Yeah, I generally three main points happen to your feet while you’re pregnant obviously so the things that happen. But your feet there’s – the main point is you get this thing called over pronation where the feet roll inwards and that’s due to just gait changes that occur because you’re heavier and because your center of masses change. And the over pronation actually can lead to the second factor which is plantar fasciitis which is like arch in heel pain and that happens you know partly because of the weight gain but also because your gait changes. So that’s where I’d like the ultra support in your shoes really comes at handy inorder to stop the pronation because if you can stop the pronation, you may also be able to stop the heel and the arch pain. And the last thing that happens is the big feet syndrome. So because of the swelling – Lisa Masterson: That’s what I was talking about, yeah – Oliver Zong: You know which occurs during the day the shoes may or may not fit and because of the hormones that are released in your body to a higher level your feet actually physically can grow larger during pregnancy and even afterwards. So you should check your shoe size periodically, and if you don’t change that shoe size you don’t want to stay in that – maintain that size 6 shoe or maintain that size 7 shoe what ends up happening is permanent damage happens down the road because those ligaments aren’t quite as tight so you set yourself up. It’s like a perfect storm to get a bunion