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Pregnancy and Foot Health: Understanding the Impact

Pregnancy is a memorable journey, bringing about numerous changes in the body, including those that affect the feet. While these changes are usually temporary and subside after childbirth, they can be quite uncomfortable. One common condition is edema, or swelling, which affects the feet and ankles due to increased blood volume and pressure on leg veins. This swelling can lead to discomfort and a need for larger shoe sizes during pregnancy. Another issue is overpronation, where the arches of the feet may flatten, resulting in pain and instability. Additionally, the hormone relaxin can affect the ligaments in the feet, potentially causing them to stretch and alter the foot's structure. Understanding these changes and their potential impact on foot health is essential during pregnancy. These conditions are typically temporary, but if foot pain or issues persist during or after pregnancy, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can help you with proper treatment and relief tips.

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 Jon McCreary, DPM from Fort Worth Podiatry. 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 Fort Worth, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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