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Common Foot Problems During Pregnancy

Tuesday, 27 June 2023 00:00

More than half of pregnant women experience some type of foot problem. Common ailments can include collapsed arches, swelling, cracked heels, and foot pain. Fallen arches are largely due to a weight gain and the release of a hormone called relaxin. This hormone, which relaxes the ligaments in the feet and ankles as well as other body parts, contributes to the appearance of flat feet. A common complaint during pregnancy is swollen feet, which is the result of a buildup of fluid in the lower extremities. Pregnant women are cautioned not to stand for long periods of time, and to keep their feet elevated as often as possible. Heel pain caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia can be treated by wearing shoes that have more arch support and ample cushioning. Certain exercises can also help to reduce the symptoms. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause the skin to dry out, and as it becomes more difficult to reach the feet to keep them properly moisturized, cracked heels may develop. These can become painful and lead to infection if ignored. If you are experiencing any foot problems during pregnancy, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

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 the podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. 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 Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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