The feet are often affected during pregnancy. Many pregnant women can have difficulty fitting into their shoes, and may have to consider purchasing larger sizes. The added weight during this time may cause the feet to flatten and roll inward, which is referred to as overpronation. Swollen feet and ankles are common side effects of pregnancy. This can happen from the extra blood and fluids the fetus requires for growth, and it can pool in the lower extremities. There are various methods that can be implemented which may help to reduce swollen feet. These can consist of elevating the feet as often as possible and limiting sodium intake. It is beneficial to engage in a gentle exercise program, in addition to drinking plenty of water daily. If you are pregnant and are concerned about the changes in your feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can answer any questions 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 one of our podiatrists from Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. 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 offices located in Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, and Tamarac, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.