The entire body changes during pregnancy, and the feet are no exception. Many women notice their feet have grown, which may be attributed to pregnancy hormones the body produces. As the pregnancy progresses, the feet may become swollen, and the arches may flatten as additional weight is gained. Relief may be found when shoes that are worn have a low heel and healthy foods are consumed. It is helpful to refrain from eating salty foods, and frequently elevating the feet may reduce the swelling. Swollen feet may also be a symptom of poor circulation, which may happen from the body recirculating extra fluid that is needed by the growing fetus. It is beneficial to stay as active as possible, drink plenty of water daily, and sleep on the left side. If you have additional questions about how pregnancy can affect the feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.
Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Dr. Kennedy Legel from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward. This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.
Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages.
How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?
- Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
- Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
- Wear shoes with good arch support
- Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
- Elevate feet if you experience swelling
- Massage your feet
- Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Dallas, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.