Tuesday, 12 December 2023 00:00

Foot Size Changes During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, many women experience changes in their bodies, including foot size growth. This phenomenon is primarily attributed to hormonal changes and increased fluid retention. The hormone relaxin, which helps to relax the ligaments in the pelvis for childbirth, can also affect the ligaments in the feet, leading to an increase in foot size. When it comes to addressing foot size changes during pregnancy, consulting a podiatrist can be beneficial. A podiatrist specializes in diagnosing and treating foot and ankle issues, in addition to providing guidance on managing foot discomfort and swelling during pregnancy. If you have foot-related concerns during pregnancy, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to ensure these issues are addressed promptly, increasing your health and well-being during this transformative period.

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 Philip Hahn, DPM from Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. 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

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Texarkana and, Pittsburg, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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