Foot Problems During Pregnancy
Many women experience foot problems during their pregnancy. Two major complaints are swelling and foot pain.
A pregnant woman often experiences more swelling in her feet and ankles than is considered normal, which can be uncomfortable and can aggravate existing foot conditions or problems. There is also a release of hormones during pregnancy that enhances loose ligaments, which can potentially lead to foot strain. Weight gain can cause problems as well. Additional body weight can cause foot ‘breakdown.’
However, there are ways to help avoid some of these problems. It is important for pregnant women to observe good health during pregnancy and that includes good foot health. Pay attention to foot problems and treat them.
Also, recognize changes in your body during your pregnancy, including the changes in your feet, and change your activities or footwear accordingly. You may not be able to wear your normal shoes during pregnancy without causing foot pain, and you may not be able to stay on your feet all day either.
Since women gain weight during pregnancy and acquire a new weight-bearing stance, more support is required. Wearing shoes with broad-based heels can provide the support needed and absorb shock as well.
Schedule some time each day that you can rest and be off of your feet, but don’t sit for long periods of time. While you are sitting, elevate your legs and feet. This can help prevent or reduce swelling.
If you do develop problems with your feet during pregnancy, contact a podiatrist.
If you would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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