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If you’re pregnant, you already know that your body is going through many changes. At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we want to focus on some issues that can affect your
- Foot Pain—most women will experience tired, achy feet at some point during their pregnancy. Carrying extra weight in general increases discomfort in the feet. If you have a chronic foot problem such as plantar fasciitis, the extra weight of carrying a baby can make the condition worse. Arch and heel pain is also common due to a flattening of the arch that can occur as your pregnancy progresses. Make an appointment at one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices if you are in pain or have unusual foot symptoms. Our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M.
orRaffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. candiagnose your problem and help make your pregnancy more comfortable for your feet.
- Ingrown toenails—in the later stages of pregnancy the body releases a hormone known as relaxin. As its name implies, it relaxes the ligaments in your body, primarily to make it easier for the baby to pass through the pelvic region. However, it also affects the ligaments in your feet. As they spread your feet will get larger and your shoes will feel tight. Spending time in shoes that squeeze toes together increases the risk of ingrown toenails. If your shoes start to feel tight, buy a bigger or a wider size to accommodate them for the remainder of your pregnancy.
- Ankle sprains—your abdomen grows along with your baby, gradually changing your center of gravity. You may find yourself falling off balance which can increase the chances of twisting an ankle. As your pregnancy gets further along, it may become more difficult to see the curb or small objects in front of you that can cause your ankle to give way when you step on them. Choose shoes with low, wide heels for added stability.
We hope your pregnancy progresses with minimal discomfort. But, if you have any pain or concern about your feet and ankles during this time, don’t hesitate to contact us.
If you find yourself changing shoe sizes while pregnant, that is because of edema, your body retaining water during your pregnancy phase. You’ll find your whole body, especially your feet and toes, swelling during pregnancy. Hormonal changes in your body and weight gain are also other aspects of pregnancy that can put further pressure on your feet. Make sure to drink lots of fluid, keep your feet elevated, and buy comfortable clothes and shoes to accompany your changing body.
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 of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.
What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is over-pronation, 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 contact our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.