During pregnancy, many women experience a condition known as edema. This swelling occurs in various parts of the body, including the feet, especially during the second and third trimesters. An increase of fluids in the lower part of the body may be the cause of swelling during pregnancy. The fluid gathers more at the end of the day, especially after standing for long periods. As the pregnancy continues, the uterus puts more pressure on the legs, ankles, and feet. The increased pressure can slow circulation, making it more difficult to return blood to the heart. Lying or sleeping on the back only increases the problem, especially in the third trimester. Some ways to combat the swelling include gentle exercise, reducing salt intake, wearing compression socks, and drinking more water. Walking and swimming are mild exercises that can be performed. While edema is considered normal during pregnancy, if discomfort from swelling in the feet increases, it is suggested that you seek attention from a podiatrist for guidance.
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 Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 Mount Pleasant and Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.