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Ways to Help Reduce Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can lead to developing certain foot conditions. Many pregnant women notice their feet have become swollen, and it may be uncomfortable to wear shoes. Additionally, the arch may flatten and roll inward as a result of the added weight from the growing fetus. This may also be caused by changes to the relaxin hormone, and will resume normalcy after the baby is born. Swollen feet often become worse during the second and third trimester, and it may help by reducing sodium intake and drinking plenty of water. Some women find it helpful to walk as often as possible, and this is beneficial in maintaining proper circulation. Ingrown toenails can be a common ailment during pregnancy, and many pregnant women choose to have regular pedicures. Wearing shoes that fit correctly is helpful in protecting the feet during this time. If you have questions about foot pain during pregnancy, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

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 Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. 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 our office located in Hudson, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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