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Understanding Foot Changes During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a transformative journey marked by numerous bodily changes, including those affecting the feet. As the body undergoes hormonal shifts and weight gain, the feet bear the brunt of these transformations, often resulting in the development of various foot conditions. Swelling, or edema, is a common occurrence due to fluid retention, causing the feet to appear puffy and uncomfortable. Additionally, the increased pressure on the arches may lead to the onset or exacerbation of conditions such as plantar fasciitis or flat feet. Hormonal changes can also impact ligaments and joints, potentially causing instability and discomfort in the ankles and feet. To mitigate these issues, pregnant individuals are advised to wear supportive footwear, elevate their feet when possible, and engage in gentle exercises to improve circulation and alleviate swelling. If you have developed foot conditions during your pregnancy, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can guide you toward finding relief.

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 Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center. 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 Lehigh Ave and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, Collegeville Darby, and Langhorne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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