Pregnancy brings many physical and emotional changes to the mother-to-be. Carrying extra weight and pressure on the blood vessels of the legs and feet can cause serious problems to the feet.
Because of the natural and healthy weight gain, your center of gravity changes to bring added pressure to the knees and feet. Your weight-bearing stance will be different. The result of all these changes can cause edema and over-pronation.
Swelling in the Feet and Lower Legs
The blood vessels in the pelvis and legs are subject to extra pressure during pregnancy and this causes your lower body circulation to slow down. The result can be pooled blood in your lower extremities, especially the feet, causing swelling called edema. Retaining water and the body’s hormone release can cause even more swelling.
In addition to taking your vitamins and eating balanced meals, pamper your feet to minimize edema:
- Wear roomy and comfortable shoes – avoid high heels.
- Wear socks that are loose and seamless.
- When shoe shopping, visit stores later in the day and measure feet every time.
- Take a break and elevate your feet often.
- When traveling, stretch the legs at rest breaks often.
- With your doctor’s permission, maintain your aerobic exercise program.
- Avoid salty foods and drink plenty of water.
A note of caution: edema in the hands or face may be one indication of a serious condition called preeclampsia, or pregnancy-induced hypertension. Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you observe these symptoms.
Treat Over-Pronation to Prevent Foot and Leg Pain
Over-pronation occurs when feet roll inward and the arches flatten while walking. This condition puts extra stress on the plantar fascia, a band of thick tissue running from the heel to the front of the foot, and it becomes inflamed. As a result, walking is painful and calves or back may become strained.
Treating over-pronation is essential to prevent more serious conditions like tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, bunions or heel spurs. At Your Next Step we will examine your feet and your gait and recommend custom-fitted orthotics with arch support. It’s essential to wear sturdy, well-fitting and comfortable shoes for extra support and shock absorption during pregnancy.
Call Us for Relief from Pregnancy Foot Pain
You have a lot going on in your life – don’t let foot pain or swelling slow you down. Contact Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, board certified or qualified podiatrists to get started on correcting any foot problems. We have offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli and Downingtown with complete services including x-rays and other diagnostic testing. Look for our contact information at the website.