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Pregnancy May Cause Common Foot Conditions

Pregnancy causes several changes to the body, and the feet are often affected. Many pregnant women are aware of foot pain, and this may be a result of flat feet. The additional weight gain may cause the arches in the feet to flatten and roll inward, and this may place added strain on the feet and ankles. Many women notice their feet have become swollen, and this may happen because of increased blood volume. Additional conditions that may develop may include ingrown toenails, or cracked heels. When the feet are elevated and resting, mild relief may be found in possibly minimizing swelling. Research has shown that incorporating a gentle exercise program into your daily routine and drinking plenty of fresh water may play significant roles in the general health of the feet. If you are experiencing foot pain as a result of pregnancy, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can properly assist you.

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 Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 our offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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