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Potential Foot Ailments During Pregnancy

Pregnancy brings numerous changes to a woman's body, often leading to foot problems. One of the most common issues is flat feet, or overpronation, where increased body weight causes the foot arch to flatten and the feet to roll inward. This can result in pain and additional strain on the feet, calves, and back. Wearing supportive footwear and using orthotics can help alleviate this discomfort. Swelling, or edema, typical in the second or third trimester, results from increased blood volume and pressure, leading to water retention in the legs and feet. Regular movement, elevating the feet, staying hydrated, and reducing salt intake can help reduce swelling. Pregnant women are also prone to developing ingrown toenails due to changes in foot size and shape, often worsened by tighter shoes. Soaking feet in salt water and having toenails properly trimmed can offer relief. Additionally, some women experience hot or burning sensations in their feet due to hormonal changes and increased body temperature. Cracked heels might develop from the added weight and posture changes that cause dry skin and heel expansion. Moisturizing and wearing comfortable shoes can prevent and treat these cracks. If you are experiencing foot pain during pregnancy, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and appropriate treatment.

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 Steven Ginex, DPM from Palm Desert Podiatry. 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 office located in Palm Desert, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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