For many pregnant women, far too little attention is given to their feet. As the natural weight gain occurs, the center of gravity changes and in turn adds excessive pressure to the knees, ankles and feet. Two of the most common foot problems that can occur during pregnancy are edema, which is swelling of the feet, and over-pronation, which is flat feet. Some recommended tips to combat these foot problems include keeping the body hydrated and drinking plenty of water, eating a well-balanced diet with low salt content, staying away from uncomfortable shoes like high heels and taking several short walks. Exercises can be done like straight and bent-knee calf stretches, ankle circles, reverse calf raises and walking or swimming on a regular basis. It is also important to select the proper footwear and avoid going barefoot. If you are pregnant and experiencing foot problems, it is advised to consult with a podiatrist.
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 New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. 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 office located in Oradell, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.Read more about Pregnancy and Foot Health