Many pregnant women will complain of foot pain, and this generally occurs in the last trimester. Research has shown this may be the result of elevated hormone levels which may cause bloating and swelling. The additional pressure and weight the feet endure as the fetus grows is indicative of extra fluid circulating in the body. Relief may be found when the legs are elevated for a few minutes several times per day, in addition to stretching the legs frequently. Different shoes may have to be worn to accommodate larger feet that may be a result of the swelling. Some ways to control the extra weight gain include drinking a moderate amount of water, ingesting foods that are healthy, and exercising on a regular basis. Some pregnant women may find relief in wearing maternity support stockings which may aid in alleviating the swelling in the ankles. If you experience pain in the feet during your pregnancy, it’s suggested that you speak with a podiatrist.
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 one of our podiatrists from Livingston Foot Care Specialists. Our doctors 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 North Bellmore, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.