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Pregnancy and Feet: Tips for Healthy, Pain-Free Feet While You’re Expecting

Feet hurt? They don’t have to. During pregnancy, a women’s body undergoes many changes. Some of these changes can affect the ankles and feet, but that doesn’t mean that you have to put up with foot pain. The podiatrists at Wayne Foot and Ankle Center treat pregnant women for the following conditions:

  • Heel Pain: Heel pain during pregnancy is often caused by plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot. Heel pain during pregnancy may also be the result of weight gain, putting extra pressure on the heel.
  • Flat Feet: Flat feet are very common during pregnancy. As the body prepares for birth, it produces a hormone called relaxin. Relaxin loosens the ligaments and allows the bones in the foot to spread out.
  • Edema:  The term edema refers to swelling in the feet or ankles caused by fluid retention. This is very common during the last months of pregnancy. While swelling is normal, sudden puffiness in the feet can be a warning sign of serious health issues. Contact your doctor or midwife immediately.
  • Bunions: Bunions can occur when your weight is distributed unevenly on the joints and tendons of the feet, causing the big toe to push inwards. A bunion is recognized as a bump or swelling on the outside base of the big toe.
  • Calluses: Calluses are thickened areas of skin that occur in response to repeated pressure or friction. In pregnancy, calluses are often the result of wearing shoes that don’t fit well.

Your feet don’t have to be uncomfortable during pregnancy. Here are some healthy foot tips from our Wayne podiatrists.

  • Choose to wear supportive, stable shoes that fit well.
  • If you can’t find comfortable shoes, ask your podiatrist about custom-made orthotics.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid standing for long periods.
  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Avoid salty food, as salt increases fluid retention.
  • Do low-impact exercises.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Elevate your feet when resting.

The podiatrists at Wayne Foot and Ankle Center can help you stay healthy and comfortable throughout your pregnancy. To learn more about foot care during pregnancy, contact us at 973-595-8900.