Kim Kardashian’s feet were recently so swollen that she barely managed to squeeze them into her high-heels.
Her puffy ankles appeared to be severely pinched into her perspex stilettos.
The pregnant star’s feet bulged over the clear strap across the span, leaving a painful-looking bulge between the arches and her ankles.
The ankle strap on the high heels was also cutting into Kim’s flesh.
Is there anything pregnant moms-to-be can do about swollen ankles? Keep reading!
(picture by Splash News)
Apparently, her feet have gotten the “I’m pregnant” memo, but Kardashian insists on forcing her swollen limbs into strappy heels.
Various factors contribute to foot and ankle swelling during pregnancy. A pregnant woman’s body produces and retains more fluid during pregnancy. Also, a growing uterus puts pressure on the veins, which impairs return of blood to the heart. In turn, this can lead to swelling in the legs, ankles and feet. Hormonal changes might play a role as well.
Foot and ankle swelling during pregnancy is common and usually goes away after delivery. But while women are pregnant, here are some tips they can follow:
- Avoid standing for long periods, and don’t cross your legs. When you can, sit with your feet up and occasionally rotate your feet at the ankles.
- If you can, sleep on your left side. This takes pressure off the inferior vena cava — the large vein that returns blood from the lower half of your body to your heart. It also might help to elevate your legs slightly with pillows.
- The Institute of Medicine recommends about 10 cups of fluids a day during pregnancy.
- Standing in a pool seems to help compress tissues in the legs and might provide temporary relief from swelling during pregnancy.
- Apply cold compresses to swollen areas.
- In addition, some research suggests that regular foot massages might help decrease foot and ankle swelling during pregnancy.
Although mild foot and ankle swelling during pregnancy is normal, severe or sudden swelling could be a sign of a serious condition called “preeclampsia.”
Other symptoms of preeclampsia include severe headaches, blurred vision and rapid weight gain. Swelling in only one leg, especially if it’s accompanied by pain or tenderness in the calf or thigh, could indicate a blood clot or other underlying condition.
Remember, any type of foot or ankle pain is never normal. A foot and ankle doctor can examine your feet and give you the best course of action.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 818-408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak to a foot and ankle specialist about your foot and/or ankle needs.