New mothers often want to ensure that they are doing everything they possibly can to take care of their own health and the health of their new baby. One question that pregnant women sometimes ask medical professionals, such as podiatrists, is what kind of socks they should be wearing while they carry their baby to term. Importantly, it is helpful to note that the answer might depend on each individual patient’s needs. However, generally speaking, wearing compression socks might be helpful for some pregnant women. The reason for this is that they can help in reducing swelling in the feet and lower legs, a common symptom of pregnancy. By wearing compression socks, a pregnant woman may also be able to avoid blood clots, another issue that may arise during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or are planning to be, it is recommended that you contact a podiatrist for advice on how to protect your feet during pregnancy.
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 Quad Cities Foot and Ankle Associates. 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 offices located in Bettendorf, and DeWitt, IA and Rock Island, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.