While it’s often said that pregnant women have a special “glow” about them, most will tell you that by the last trimester they are feeling less than dazzling! At Gentle Professional Foot Care, we see patients with foot issues that are related to or exacerbated by being pregnant. Below are some pointers to help you get to delivery in as much comfort as possible.
· Drink plenty of water. With swollen feet, ankles and calves a common symptom of pregnancy, adding more water to your body sounds counterintuitive, right? Staying well hydrated, however, actually helps flush excess fluid from your body and avoid painful edema.
· Put your feet up. This will have several benefits. First, elevating your feet will help that extra fluid drain away from your feet and ankles and be reabsorbed by your body. Getting off your feet will also provide some much needed rest and relieve foot pain and soreness.
· Buy bigger shoes. Or at least, get your foot measured if you are experiencing foot pain. During pregnancy, your body releases hormones specifically designed to relax the ligaments in your pelvic area to make it easier for the baby to pass through. The problem for your feet (and the rest of your body) is that the hormone affects all your ligaments. This, combined with the extra weight you are carrying, means that your feet will spread and may go up a half or whole size. For some women, the size increase will be permanent—even after the baby is born.
· Get extra arch support. Being pregnant can bring the same increased risk for certain foot disorders as being overweight. Flat feet is one of the conditions that can be caused or made worse by carrying extra pounds. The flattening of the arch can cause pain in that area of the foot and also put strain on the plantar fascia (the long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot). This can lead to heel pain and heel spurs.
· Walk as much as you can. Regular exercise throughout your pregnancy will improve circulation, reduce swelling, and help keep weight gain within an acceptable range, as well as increase your overall sense of wellbeing.
If you find that foot or ankle discomfort is still a concern, contact our Venice office. Our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, will want to examine your feet and track down the cause of your foot or ankle trouble. Call us for an appointment at: 941-493-7999.