One well-known symptom of being pregnant is having feet that are increased in size. There are many different reasons why this phenomenon occurs. For example, pregnancy can cause swelling in the feet, which will increase the feet in size. Additionally, certain hormones released during pregnancy relax ligaments, which can ultimately result in the spreading of the foot bones. Many pregnant women will often want to know whether or not this increase in foot size is permanent. The answer might not be straightforward. The reason for this is that although foot swelling can eventually subside within a month following the birth of the baby, the spreading of the foot could potentially be longer lasting. If you are pregnant or are planning to be, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist to help manage the health of your feet during your pregnancy.
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 Anas Khoury, DPM from North Eastern Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor 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 Passaic, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.