Pregnancy foot problemsMany women undergo changes during pregnancy, but one symptom that’s often overlooked is having an increased foot size. “It always surprises people to see that foot changes during pregnancy,” said Dr. Shannon Hardy, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Houston Methodist in Houston, Texas.

This occurs as a result of rapid weight gain and the arches of the foot flattening out. The best medicine to cope with foot swelling is to be sure to get adequate exercise, wear appropriate footwear and refraining from wearing heels and flip flops too often.

If flip flops, must be worn, Dr. Naomi Shields of Advanced Orthopaedic Associates in Wichita, Kansas, recommends flip flops with a rigid sole and built-in arch. As far as heels go, “You can wear them, but not for long periods of time,” Dr. Hardy says.

If you believe you suffer from foot problems as a result of swollen feet from pregnancy, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.  

What foot problems 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 to keep feet healthy during pregnancy?

· Orthotics can provide extra support for your feet and helps to evenly distribute weight
· Try not to walk barefoot whenever possible
· Wear shoes with good arch support and allow good circulation
· 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, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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