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Foot Swelling During Pregnancy

Foot swelling during pregnancy, also known as edema, is a common occurrence caused by various physiological changes in the body. As pregnancy progresses, the growing uterus exerts pressure on the veins in the pelvis, impairing circulation and causing fluid retention in the lower extremities. Additionally, hormonal fluctuations lead to increased blood volume and sodium retention, further contributing to fluid accumulation in the feet and ankles. The body's lymphatic system may also become less efficient at draining excess fluid, often causing swelling. Factors such as prolonged standing or sitting, high ambient temperatures, and inadequate hydration can worsen foot swelling during pregnancy. If swollen feet have become problematic during pregnancy, it is suggested that you confer with a chiropodist who can offer you effective relief strategies for optimal comfort.

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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