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Common Areas of Foot Discomfort During Pregnancy

Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:00

Pregnancy brings about a multitude of changes in a woman's body, including the feet. As the body undergoes hormonal shifts and weight gain, it is not uncommon for expectant mothers to experience foot pain and discomfort. One common area of foot pain during pregnancy is the arches, as the added weight can cause the arches to flatten, leading to strain and discomfort. Additionally, swelling of the feet and ankles, known as edema, is a prevalent issue, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy. This swelling can cause tightness and discomfort in various areas of the feet. Another common source of foot pain during pregnancy is the heels, as the increased weight and changes in posture can place extra pressure on the heel area, resulting in pain and tenderness. If you have foot pain during your pregnancy, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you relief tips during this transformative time.

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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