Foot problems are a common affliction associated with pregnancy. Some of the most common foot complications that occur during pregnancy are collapsed arches, swollen feet, and dry or cracked heels. The weight gain that takes place during pregnancy can sometimes affect foot structure and cause the arches to collapse. This may cause some discomfort but can easily be helped by wearing comfortable footwear with a firm heel and cushioned insole. Swollen feet are also common for pregnant woman but swelling can be managed. Mild exercise routines such as walking or swimming help to keep blood flowing throughout the body and could help reduce swelling. Dry and cracked heels might occur as a result of hormonal changes. The skin can lose elasticity and moisture, which can lead to dryness around the heels. Luckily, a moisturizing routine can easily prevent dryness and cracking. If you would like any additional information about foot health during pregnancy, then it is suggested you speak with a podiatrist who can answer any further questions.
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 one of our podiatrists from Footcare 2 You, Inc. Our doctors 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 West Orange, Toms River, Bloomfield, and Elmwood Park, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.