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Foot Pain During Pregnancy

Pregnancy often brings about foot pain and lower limb changes due to increased weight and altered body mechanics as the baby grows. These changes can lead to swelling, varicose veins, and changes in foot structure. A common issue is flattened arches, which may cause pain and discomfort. Supportive and comfortable footwear, avoiding standing for prolonged periods, and elevating feet to reduce swelling are suggested to alleviate symptoms. Compression stockings can also help manage swelling and prevent varicose veins. Gentle exercise, like walking or swimming, can improve circulation and reduce leg cramps. Consulting with a podiatrist, or foot doctor, is important to get targeted treatment advice. Podiatrists can also prescribe orthotics or specific exercises to strengthen the feet and legs during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and struggling with foot pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for treatment options. 

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 Michigan Foot & Ankle Center. 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 Livonia, and Southfield, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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