Pregnancy and Your Feet

When you’re pregnant, it seems to affect every square inch of your body.  Things that have always worked in one way suddenly start doing the exact opposite, and all your doctor tells you is, “Oh, that’s normal.” Of course, the feet and ankles are no exceptions.

Your Feet Will Feel Different

As every pregnant woman is very aware, you tend to gain weight quickly when you are expecting. While that’s a good thing, it still puts new pressures and force on the feet and ankles to which they are not accustomed.

This makes them feel tired and sore, and swollen ankles and feet are common. But you don’t have to just accept that discomfort as part of pregnancy, because these symptoms can often be alleviated.

Flattening Arches

One of the main causes of foot problems during pregnancy is a weakening of the arches. Chances are they’ll spring back up once the extra weight is gone. But in the meantime, flattening arches can wreak havoc on your feet.

The compromised arches coupled with the weight place new pressures on the legs and back, which can make walking quite uncomfortable. It can even lead to long-term problems like plantar fasciitis.

Prep For Your Pregnancy Feet

The best thing you can do to alleviate this discomfort is to wear the right shoes. For just a few months, put those stilettos away and go with a more sensible shoe that gives your feet the support they need.  We can also recommend some semi-custom orthotics that will give your feet the right type of support and cushioning.

Swollen Feet

Many pregnant women experience edema, or swollen feet. It’s actually caused by your growing uterus interfering with circulation. Try resting with your feet up, drinking lots of water, cutting down on your salt intake, and wearing support pantyhose designed for pregnant women if you have to stand a lot.

If the edema seems extreme, comes on suddenly, or is accompanied by swelling in the face or hands, call your obstetrician or midwife right away. That can be a sign of dangerous complications.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment



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