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How Pregnant Women Can Manage Foot Pain

Tuesday, 19 July 2022 00:00

Pregnancy changes many things about a woman’s body. In addition to all of the many bodily changes that a pregnant woman experiences, she might notice increasing foot pain. There are a number of reasons for this pain. Most notably, a pregnant woman can gain a significant amount of weight as the baby grows, which essentially puts more pressure on the woman’s feet and changes her gait. There are several ways to manage foot pain during pregnancy. One way is to manage your weight gain. By watching what foods you are eating, you can ensure that you are not putting on any extra weight that will further increase the stress put on your feet. Additionally, since foot pain during pregnancy is often caused by the swelling of the woman’s feet, you might consider elevating your feet to approximately 6-12 inches above your heart. This will encourage blood circulation and promote blood flow to the heart. Lastly, pregnant women can manage their foot pain by being diligent about drinking a significant amount of liquids, like water, and avoiding caffeine. By drinking a lot of water, pregnant women can flush out the salt in their bodies that might cause inflammation in the feet. If you are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant, then contact a podiatrist for the best recommendations about keeping your feet healthy.

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 Ahmad Elsamad, DPM from The Institute of Foot & Ankle Reconstructive Surgery . 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 Merrillville, East Chicago, and Munster, IN, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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