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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 22, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: Pregnancy   Arch   Ball  

Are you expecting? Congratulations! Your body will undergo many changes over the next 9 months and here at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we want to offer some tips on foot health concerns you may encounter during your pregnancy

Choose the right shoes: the weight you will gain carrying your baby brings special challenges to your feet. Extra weight can put pressure on the arch, ball and heel of your foot. Your center of balance will also shift. Your footwear can help counteract the effect of these changes if you pick shoes that are well cushioned to provide shock absorption and have good arch support. Wide, low heels will help with balance.

Increase water/decrease salt: Edema or swelling of the feet and ankles tends to increase during pregnancy. Staying hydrated actually helps flush fluids out of your body and reduces swelling, as does cutting back on sodium in your diet.

Put your feet up: weight and swelling can make existing foot conditions worse and cause inflammation or irritation to your feet. Hormones that are released during pregnancy cause the ligaments to relax in preparation for childbirth. The hormones don’t differentiate, however, so all ligaments, including those in the feet and ankles relax too, which can make feet more tired and increase the likelihood of tripping. Elevating your feet for some time every day will help with reduce swelling and give your feet and ankles rest which will help with all of these conditions.

If you have other concerns about your feet while you’re pregnant don’t hesitate to contact our Pooler office for an appointment by calling: (912) 330-8885. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico will be happy to evaluate your feet and ankles and make recommendations to help with any existing conditions and increase foot comfort overall.










 

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