Edema and Pregnancy
A common ailment many pregnant women complain of is swollen feet. The growing fetus exerts pressure on the uterus, and this can cause excessive swelling in the feet and ankles. This can be uncomfortable, but research has shown there are measures that can be implemented, which can help to prevent this condition. It is important to avoid standing for extended periods of time, drink plenty of fresh water, and reduce salt intake. Additionally, performing a gentle exercise routine may also help, and staying as cool as possible in hot weather may aid in reducing unwanted swelling. There is generally no reason to be concerned if edema becomes part of pregnancy life. If it becomes difficult to perform daily activities, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with additional information.
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.Read more about Foot Care for Pregnant Women