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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.

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C
August 31, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Pregnancy  

Pregnant Foot PainDuring pregnancy, it's not uncommon for women to experience an array of aches and pains all over the body. Among these complaints are tired, swollen, achy feet- a common and painful symptom experienced by mothers-to-be during their nine months of pregnancy.

One of the most common foot problems that occur during pregnancy is swelling, or edema, which results from the extra accumulation of blood. The natural weight gain and enlarging uterus puts pressure on the veins that lead to the legs, causing circulation to slow down and increasing fluid retention. The legs and feet may become swollen, making shoes tight, and in some cases causing pain and discomfort. Slight swelling during pregnancy is normal and usually subsides after giving birth. Women should pay close attention to edema symptoms. Swelling to the face or a sudden onset of swelling could be a sign of a more serious condition called preeclampsia and should be reported immediately.

Another troubling foot problem that can occur during pregnancy is over-pronation (flat feet) which is caused when a person's arch flattens out upon weight bearing causing the feet to turn in abnormally. This condition develops when the dense band of tissue in the arch of the foot called the plantar fascia becomes strained and inflamed due to increased flattening of the feet. Over-pronation is common in pregnancy due to the increased weight gain which stresses the feet and flattens the arches. Walking can become very painful, and women may experience increased discomfort and strain on the feet, calves and back.

There are various remedies available to help minimize and alleviate foot pain during pregnancy.

  • Take short breaks during the day and elevate your feet to relieve pressure and swelling.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wear shoes that are soft, comfortable and give your feet room to move.
  • Wear seamless socks that do not constrict circulation.
  • Exercise or walk regularly to promote overall health.
  • Stretch legs frequently and avoid crossing your legs when sitting.
  • To prevent arch pain, stretch daily, avoid going barefoot and wear supportive low-heeled shoes.

When foot pain persists, visit The Foot & Ankle Center P.C. We'll work with you to find the best treatments for your foot pain. Pregnancy and pending motherhood should be a pleasant, enjoyable experience. Understanding the causes of foot pain and learning easy home remedies can help women step more comfortably throughout these special nine months.


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