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The impact of pregnancy on foot health
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Cassar D. Formosa C. (2014). Malta Journal of Health Sciences. 1(1), 8-11

 

 

Abstract

Although pregnancy should be a joyous experience to all expectant mothers, it is also known to bring about a

number of bodily changes which could impose lifestyle limitations throughout the nine months of pregnancy. In

this study, the authors sought to evaluate the impact of pregnancy on foot health. A prospective non-experimental

study was conducted. The authors interviewed 40 expectant Maltese mothers using the Bristol Foot Score (BFS).

Results showed a significant di ference (p < 0.001) in foot health in the recruited subjects from Time 0 (15 weeks

pregnancy) to Time 1 (37 weeks pregnancy), implying that pregnancy imposes a negative impact on foot

health. This finding is of key importance and needs to be taken into consideration by all health stakeholders if

better health care is to be o ered to all expectant mothers. Both locally and internationally, antenatal care aims to

monitor pregnant women's general health and foetal development. However, very little attention is given to foot

health. The authors highlight the importance of providing all expectant mothers with footcare education and

podiatry services in the Antenatal Clinic.

 

 

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