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Numerous Changes Can Occur to the Feet During Pregnancy

Most women are aware of the changes that happen to their bodies during pregnancy, and the feet are no exception. It is common to have swollen feet which typically results from the excess build-up of fluid that occurs due to the growing fetus. Additionally, the medical reason for the feet to undergo changes can be from the natural process of producing the pregnancy hormone called relaxin. This can cause the muscles, tendons, and ligaments to loosen, and the feet may become wider. The legs and feet can experience reduced circulation, so it is beneficial to elevate them frequently during the day. It is essential to wear shoes that fit correctly, and this may help the arch to absorb the shock the feet endure when walking. As the pregnancy progresses, the center of gravity within the body may shift and cause uneven wear and tear on your shoes. Since the feet can endure many changes during pregnancy, it is suggested that you get the expert advice of 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 Glenn Aufseeser, DPM from Lakewood Foot and 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 offices located in Lakewood and Manchester Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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