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Changes in Feet During Pregnancy

Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:00

Throughout pregnancy, the body adapts to accommodate the developing baby. The uterus enlarges, shifting the body's center of gravity forward and upward, improving stability and balance. Relaxin, a hormone mainly found in the third trimester, relaxes ligaments, causing the feet to lengthen, flatten, and widen. These foot changes can become permanent for some women. Additionally, the combination of structural adjustments, increased weight, and greater pressure on the lower limbs frequently leads to swelling in the legs and feet. Despite these transformations, proactive measures can mitigate discomfort and promote foot health during pregnancy. Opting for supportive footwear, elevating the feet when feasible, engaging in gentle exercises, and maintaining a healthy weight are advisable. If you are pregnant and experiencing concerning changes in your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can further aid in managing foot-related issues, as they offer tailored solutions to alleviate discomfort and support overall foot health throughout pregnancy and beyond.

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 Barry P. Weinstein, DPM from Bellaire Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Bellaire and Houston, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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