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Pregnancy and Its Effects on the Feet

Pregnancy is an exhilarating phase full of bodily changes, including shifts that impact foot health, which are often overshadowed amid the bustle of expectant motherhood. The natural weight gain and growing belly shift a woman's center of gravity forward, stressing the bones and joints in the knees, ankles, and feet. Additionally, pregnancy hormones loosen ligaments, further affecting foot structure. The most common foot issues during pregnancy are flat feet or excessive pronation and foot swelling, known as edema. Pronation can stress muscles and tissues in the feet and legs, increasing the risk of conditions like plantar fasciitis. Edema occurs mainly in later pregnancy due to fluid pooling, as the growing uterus hampers blood flow from the legs and feet, causing discomfort and shoe-fitting issues. To manage these challenges, support and shoe choice are critical. Many women benefit from wearing custom foot orthotics that provide arch support and correct pronation. Asymmetrical swelling may indicate a vascular issue requiring immediate medical attention. If you are pregnant and experiencing foot pain or unusual swelling, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a chiropodist to discuss your concerns and obtain any needed treatment.

Pregnancy can affect your feet in many ways, often causing pain or discomfort, as well as reduced mobility. If you are pregnant and experience foot pain, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

During pregnancy, your belly isn’t the only part of your body swelling. The whole body may experience swelling, especially in the feet and ankles. Since they carry the weight of both your body and the baby’s, caring for your feet during pregnancy is very important. 

Common Foot Conditions During Pregnancy

Various foot conditions can develop during the course of a pregnancy, including: 

  • Swelling of the feet and ankles

  • Fallen arches, leading to acquired flat feet

  • Plantar fasciitis 

  • Aching, sore feet

  • Changes in the toenails

Caring for the Feet During Pregnancy

Some things that you can do to help maintain the health of your feet during pregnancy include: 

  • Wearing comfortable shoes

  • Resting and elevating your feet

  • Icing sore areas, such as the arch

  • Keeping your toenails trimmed

  • Soaking and massaging the feet

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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