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Podiatry Associates of Victoria
116-A Imperial Drive
Victoria, TX 77901

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Understanding Foot Pain During Pregnancy

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Pregnancy is a time of profound physical changes, and foot pain can be a common discomfort experienced by many expecting mothers. Several factors contribute to foot pain during pregnancy, including weight gain, hormonal changes, and the body's altered center of gravity. As the uterus expands and the baby grows, additional pressure is placed on the feet, leading to swelling and discomfort. Hormonal changes, particularly increased levels of relaxin, can loosen ligaments and joints in the feet, making them more susceptible to strain and injury. Furthermore, changes in posture and gait due to the shifting center of gravity can put added stress on the feet, leading to pain and fatigue. Additionally, pre-existing foot conditions, such as flat feet or overpronation, may become more problematic during pregnancy. While foot pain during pregnancy is often temporary and resolves after childbirth, supportive footwear, practicing regular foot exercises, and elevating the feet can help alleviate discomfort and promote foot health. If you have developed foot pain during your pregnancy, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with effective relief tips.

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 one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Victoria. Our doctors 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 our office located in Victoria, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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