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Why Do Feet Fall Asleep During Pregnancy?

Tuesday, 23 May 2023 00:00

During a woman’s pregnancy, she might notice that her feet fall asleep frequently. In other words, she might notice that her feet often experience numbness or a pins-and-needles feeling. This is actually not an uncommon symptom that results from pregnancy. In fact, many women can experience this feeling in the feet at night or immediately upon waking in the morning. The reason why pregnancy can cause numbness in the feet is due to the fact that pregnancy can lead to nerve compression in this area. If you are someone that is pregnant or planning to be, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today. This foot specialist will be able to help the pregnant woman navigate feelings of numbness in the feet.

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 Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM from Rochester Podiatry, LLP. 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 one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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