Pregnancy is a transformative journey for a woman's body, which extends to her feet as well. As the body adapts to support the growing baby, several changes in the feet can occur. One common alteration is swelling, also known as edema, which is caused by increased blood and fluid volume. This can lead to a noticeable increase in foot size. Hormonal changes, specifically the hormone relaxin, can also affect the ligaments in the feet, potentially causing them to stretch and result in a broader foot shape. Weight gain during pregnancy adds extra pressure to the feet, often leading to fallen arches. These changes can be uncomfortable, but the good news is that they are usually temporary. Once the pregnancy is over, your feet will gradually return to their pre-pregnancy state. In the meantime, wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes and having regular foot massages can help alleviate some of the discomfort and provide much-needed relief. If you are interested in learning more about how your feet can become affected by pregnancy, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you useful information.
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 Dr. Jeffrey J. Betman & Associates . 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 Northwest Chicago, Southwest Chicago, and Wicker Park, Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.