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Managing Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

Swollen feet during pregnancy is a common concern for expectant mothers. As the body retains more water than usual during pregnancy, swelling in the legs, ankles, and feet, also termed edema, becomes prevalent, particularly at the end of the day and later into the pregnancy. While gradual swelling is generally not harmful, a sudden increase may indicate pre-eclampsia, requiring immediate medical attention. Factors such as hot weather and prolonged standing increase the accumulation of excess water in the lowest parts of the body. Additionally, the pressure from the growing womb can impede blood flow in the legs, leading to fluid buildup and swelling. To alleviate discomfort, it is helpful to avoid prolonged standing, choose comfortable footwear, and elevate your feet whenever possible. Hydration is vital in assisting the body to eliminate excess water. In addition, incorporating gentle exercises, such as foot rotations and bending, can improve blood circulation and help to reduce swelling in the feet and ankles. For help with foot and ankle swelling problems during pregnancy, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

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 Piedmont Podiatry Associates. 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 one of our offices located in Greenville, and Easley, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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