Foot pain can be common during pregnancy. This can be a result of the added weight the feet must bear from the developing fetus, and may gradually worsen until the baby is born. Hormonal changes may cause the ligaments in the body to become loose, and this often applies to the feet. Some women have to alter their gait or walking style to accommodate the growing baby, and may walk on the outside of their feet during the third trimester. Plantar fasciitis is often experienced during pregnancy, which can happen if the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. This is the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes, and may become irritated from the added weight. The Achilles tendon is located in the back of the lower leg, and connects the calf muscles to the heel. Tendonitis can occur if it becomes inflamed while walking, and cause pressure on the heels. Pregnant women have found mild relief from foot pain during this time by performing foot stretches, soaking their feet in warm water, or wearing orthotic insoles. If your pregnancy is causing your feet to hurt, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer you helpful relief options.
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 the foot specialists from NYC 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
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