pregnant woman's belly and feetIt is common for pregnant women to experience changes in their feet throughout their pregnancy. Pregnant women may notice that their feet will become swollen, and their arches may become flatter. If you are dealing with swollen feet, you may be wondering what can be done to help the swelling go down.

Compression stockings can be worn to reduce swelling, along with regular exercise. Furthermore, it is important for pregnant women to stay hydrated in order to reduce discomfort in the foot and ankle. It is also helpful to avoid standing for long periods of time and to try propping your feet up while sitting in order to avoid getting swollen ankles.

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

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 Dr. Hardy from Red Mountain Footcare. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Mesa, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.


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