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Managing Foot Pain During Pregnancy

pregnancy foot healthPregnancy, with its myriad changes, often brings about discomfort, and foot pain is a common concern for many expectant mothers. Fortunately, several strategies can help alleviate this discomfort. Opting for comfortable, supportive footwear is vital, as the body undergoes weight changes that can impact foot structure. Regularly elevating the feet, especially after extended periods of standing, can help to reduce swelling and promote better circulation. Gentle stretching exercises, such as ankle circles and toe flexes, can offer relief and maintain flexibility. Adequate hydration is essential to prevent water retention, a common contributor to foot swelling. Cold compresses or foot massages may provide soothing relief while maintaining a healthy weight. Engaging in low-impact exercises, like swimming, can alleviate pressure on the feet. Regular prenatal checkups ensure any underlying conditions that contribute to foot pain are addressed promptly. If you are experiencing foot pain during your pregnancy, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief techniques.

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 Theresa Brown, DPM of Essie M.B. Smith Foot ClinicOur doctor will attend to all of your foot 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 Montgomery, AL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your podiatric needs.

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