Women often experience a wide variety of aches and pains when they are pregnant.
A common complaint is tired, swollen, achy feet.
What can moms-to-be do about this condition?
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During pregnancy, the natural weight gain and enlarging uterus puts pressure on the veins that lead to the legs, which can cause circulation to slow down and increase fluid retention.
The legs and feet may become swollen, making shoes tight, and causing pain and discomfort.
While slight swelling during pregnancy is normal and usually subsides after giving birth, women should pay close attention to their symptoms. Swelling in the face or a sudden onset of swelling could be a sign of a more serious condition and requires a doctor’s attention as soon as possible.
Another troubling foot problem that can occur during pregnancy is over-pronation, also called flat feet, which is caused when a person’s arch flattens out during weight bearing. This causes the feet to turn in abnormally. This condition develops when the dense band of tissue in the arch of the foot, called the plantar fascia, is strained and inflamed due to flattening of the feet.
Over-pronation is common during pregnancy because of the increased weight gain which can flatten the arches. Walking can become very painful, and women may experience increased discomfort and strain on the feet, calves and back.
Fortunately, there various ways women can help minimize and alleviate their foot pain during pregnancy, which include:
- Take short breaks during the day and elevate your feet to relieve pressure and swelling.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Wear shoes that are soft, comfortable and give your feet more room.
- Wear seamless socks that do not constrict circulation.
- Exercise or walk regularly to promote overall health.
- Stretch your legs frequently and avoid crossing your legs when sitting.
- To prevent arch pain, stretch daily, avoid going barefoot and wear supportive low-heeled shoes.
If these home remedies do not seem to be helping easy the pain in your feet, then you should see a foot and ankle doctor as soon as possible. There is no reason to suffer for nine months!
If you have foot pain, do not let it go untreated or it could very well get worse. Get your foot looked at today so that tomorrow is pain-free.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak make an appointment with a foot and ankle doctor about your foot and/or ankle needs.