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Pregnancy and Your Feet

Pregnancy and Foot Pain

Pregnancy brings with it changes both emotionally and physically. During pregnancy, it’s not uncommon for women to experience not only general body pains but also foot pains as well. We are going to discuss a few of the most common foot related concerns seen at Coriscana Foot & Ankle. Most foot pain problems usually crop up during the second and third trimesters but can occur anytime during pregnancy.

One of the most common foot problems that occur during pregnancy is swelling of the feet known as edema. Slight swelling during pregnancy is normal and usually subsides after giving birth. Ankle and foot swelling is most noticeable in the third trimester and usually worsens late in the evening, causing shoes and socks to become tight. Signs of concern that may be abnormal is increased swelling or temperature in one leg compared to the other.

Another foot problem that can occur during pregnancy is heel and arch pain known as plantar fasciitis. This condition develops when the band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot called the plantar fascia becomes strained and inflamed due to increased the increased weight gain. It is important to perform calf and foot stretching exercises to keep this ligament stretched out to decrease the strain on this ligament.

The final foot problem we will discuss that is prevalent during pregnancy is ingrown toenails. Increased swelling in the feet causes shoes and socks to become tight and squeezes the skin around the nail causing it to inflame.

Dr. Petty’s Foot Tips for Pregnancy and Foot Pain

There are various remedies available to help minimize and alleviate foot pain during pregnancy. Most are aimed at decreasing swelling in the feet.

  • Take short breaks during the day and elevate your feet. Try to elevate the legs and feet above the heart when possible to help reduce swelling.
  • Wear shoes that are soft and a size larger than normal. This allows a little extra room for swelling feet.
  • Wear seamless socks that do not constrict circulation or put pressure on the toenails.
  • Exercise or walk regularly to promote ciriculation in the legs and feet.
  • To prevent arch and heel pain, stretch daily, avoid going barefoot and wear a good supportive shoe when walking.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Family Foot & Ankle Centers by clicking here or calling 972-597-4132 to reach our Waxahachie office, 903-872-9910 to reach our Corsicana office, 972-875-3668 to reach our Ennis office, or 254-523-4803 to reach our Mexia office.