The body undergoes many changes during pregnancy. These can include swollen feet, a changing sense of balance, and sleep disorders. While these may be temporary changes, some methods can be implemented which may help to alleviate some of the foot discomforts. These include elevating the feet as often as possible as this can be effective in reducing swollen ankles. Performing a gentle exercise routine may help in improving blood circulation and have a positive effect on swollen ankles and legs. It is beneficial to sleep on the left side as this helps to keep pressure off the veins that bring blood back to the heart. Some pregnant women prefer to wear compression stockings if they are on their feet for extended periods. This type of stocking can help to distribute excess fluid from the feet and legs to the body. If you have foot pain for any reason while you are pregnant, please confer with a podiatrist who can determine the reason and provide you with various relief tactics.
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 Dr. Larry Cohen from New York City. Our doctor 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
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