Although a pregnant woman might not initially think that they should pay attention to the health of their feet during pregnancy, there are many reasons for her to monitor the health of her feet as she carries her baby to term. First, the woman’s feet may increase in size. Second, the pregnant woman could potentially experience changes to her skin. For example, many pregnant women might experience cracked heels, where the skin around the back of the heel becomes significantly dehydrated. It is important to note that if a pregnant woman experiences continuous itching on their feet, it is suggested that they schedule an appointment with a trusted medical professional like a podiatrist. If you are pregnant, you can schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.
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.