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Causes and Symptoms of Foot Discomfort During Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings about numerous changes in a woman's body, and foot discomfort often becomes a notable concern. One primary cause is the increased weight and pressure exerted on the feet due to the growing baby. This added stress can lead to swelling, commonly known as edema, making shoes feel tighter. Hormonal changes during pregnancy affect ligaments, potentially resulting in flat feet or overpronation, which can cause discomfort. Additionally, fluid retention can contribute to a feeling of heaviness and puffiness in the feet. As the pregnancy progresses, the body produces a hormone called relaxin, which loosens ligaments in preparation for childbirth, potentially impacting foot arches and stability. Common symptoms include swelling, aching, and changes in foot shape. Choosing supportive footwear, elevating the feet when possible, and staying physically active can help alleviate these discomforts and promote overall foot health during pregnancy. If you are experiencing foot pain during your pregnancy, it is strongly suggested that you seek the advice of a podiatrist who can guide you toward effective relief tips.

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 Paul A. Santangelo, DPM from Illinois. 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 our offices located in Niles and Rockford, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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