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5 Pregnancy Foot Problems Women Can Avoid

pregnancyPregnancy foot problems aren’t a given. Of course, while pregnant women can enjoy several positive things about expecting a child, they often face concerns like swollen ankles and foot pain. Early intervention is important when pain begins. Because, it could be the sign of a more serious problem like plantar fasciitis. Which, left untreated, makes walking incredibly painful. So it’s important to see our podiatrists regularly throughout your pregnancy.

First Trimester Pregnancy Foot Care

When a pregnant woman starts gaining weight in her first trimester, it usually puts more strain on the plantar fascia, causing it to become inflamed. This could result is sharp help pain, especially  first thing in the morning, or after a long time sitting down.  To help relieve this pain, ice your feet or try to keep your legs stretched and elevated when you sit. (That can also help prevent swelling.)

But, while this tip can briefly relieve your heel pain, it won’t cure the problem. That’s why pregnant women need to care for their feet. If you have swollen feet or heel pain, make an appointment at one of our Louetta Foot and Ankle Specialists offices. One of our highly skilled doctors will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.

What foot problems arise during pregnancy?

Pregnancy Foot Problems

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One problem that can occur is over-pronation, 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, like the ones featured recently on the Today Show blog
• 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 contact us and request an appointment in one of our offices in Spring and Tomball Tx. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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