Pregnancy And Your Feet

anklesDuring pregnancy, there is a significant amount of weight gain and water retention. This can result in foot discomfort. The pressure to your knees and feet will also increase because the center of gravity changes.

Pregnant women often face foot problems, like over-pronation, in which the arch of the foot flattens as well as edema. You can also face pain in the lower back, leg cramping in addition to varicose veins during pregnancy, mainly because of weight gain.

The article deals with such problems along with what can you do to get some relief.

Over-Pronation

By carrying extra weight, the arch of your foot can become flat. This is also referred to as flat feet. The plantar fascia, that is the fibrous tissue band running from the heel to the forefoot can be under extreme stress and become inflammated.

If you leave it untreated, it can result in serious disorders like metatarsalgia or ball of foot pain and Plantar Fasciitis or intense heel pain. You can avoid this condition by wearing proper footwear that provides extra arch support.

Edema

This is another common foot problem. It is a result of pressure from the uterus that impairs circulation and causes swelling in the foot. It occurs in the later stages of pregnancy and is normal as long as there is no swelling in the face or hands.

Prevention and treatment

Here are a few tips that you can use to prevent or treat these conditions.

You should keep your feet elevated as often as you can.

Avoid walking barefoot. Use a shoe that can provide proper support and bends only where the foot bends.

Keep your feet clean and dry to prevent any ulceration.

You should have your feet measured regularly throughout your pregnancy. This will account for any size alterations.

If you have to sit or stand for long periods then make sure you change your position and walk occasionally to help circulation.

Regular exercise will also ensure proper circulation in your feet.

Keep yourself properly hydrated. This will detoxify your body.

Avoid salty foods because they encourage water retention.